Also on board the ASI and the whole Italian system. The mission will start in late August from the same launch complex as the Apollo missions in Cape Canaveral
Everything is ready for the return to moon after the historical ones Apollo missions. In fact, there are just 20 days left to launch the first mission of the new lunar program Artemis of the NASA. A program that together with the‘Esa and to Europe, also sees on board theItaly with an important work of cooperation between theItalian Space Agency, the Italian industry and the numerous small and medium-sized enterprises involved in this ambitious international program. The launch of the Artemis-1 mission is scheduled for next 29 August, at 2.33 pm Italian time from the launch complex 39B of the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveralthe same as the Apollo missions which marked the first step of man on our natural satellite on July 20, 1969.
The next launch of Artemis-1 will see the giant American carrier Space Launch System (Sls-1) bring the Orion capsule – but without men – around the moon and our country will also be on board the mission. Italy is in fact involved in the US program through the important contribution of its industry, starting with Leonardo and Thales Alenia Space, who have created some components of Orion’s ESM service module (European Service Module), produced on behalf of European Space Agency (Hex). It is, underlines the‘Italian Space Agencyof “fundamental elements for the future development of the housing module that will allow the crews to face the next travels in space”.
Orion will spend up to six weeks in space, circling the moon and returning to Earth with landing off the coast of San Diego. The cubesat of theItalian Space Agency Argomoon, made by Turin-based Argotec, is the only European satellite that will go into lunar orbit. Argomoon is a space observer who will film the technologies that will fly on Sls-1 from the outside. And Sls-1 will in turn start with another special load: images, songs and poems inspired by the Moon and sent by schools, hospitals and Italian citizens, an initiative conceived byItalian Space Agencystrongly supported by the president Asi Giorgio Saccoccia, to bring the thoughts and creativity of those who look to space as a source of inspiration, peace and beauty around the moon.
On the occasion of the launch of Artemis-1 l‘Italian Space Agency will organize a live event at the ASI headquarters in Rome which will also be broadcast in streaming. For Giovanni Fuggetta, Leonardo’s SVP Divisional Space Business who will follow the departure of the first Artemis mission, the launch “will be a day that will mark the history of space exploration”. “At that moment – underlines Fuggetta – we will see recognized the effort of about 50 Leonardo engineers and technicians who have created ‘wings’ and electronic units for powering Orion’s European service module”. “We are proud – he adds – to be able to support humanity’s vision and ingenuity to create stable communities on the Moon, today with high-tech equipment, tomorrow with robotics, atomic clocks and sensors, technologies that we develop in Leonardo for space for over 60 years “.
Italy’s accession to the lunar program Artemisamong the largest and most inclusive human enterprises, therefore represents the start of a new era of human conquest of space.
The mission Artemis-1 will lead the way for the program’s future missions that will bring the man and woman back to lunar soil for the first time. In fact, the Return to the Moon Agenda includes two other missions: Artemis II which will carry out the first flight test around the Moon with a crew on board.
This second mission of the Artemis program will serve to demonstrate that Orion’s systems are ready to support astronauts on long-duration missions, a ‘test’ that will allow the crew to practice operations essential to the success of the next mission.
Finally, the NASA program provides for the mission Artemis III which will represent the actual return of humanity to the surface of the Moon, landing the first woman and the next man. Spacecraft, housing modules, robots and connection systems will make it possible to experience space in a sustainable way. Then we will look to the next stage: Mars.