From Artemis I to Mars missions; NASA’s roadmap for the future

    NASA has released its list of objectives as a part of its Moon to Mars planning for the future. Here’s what the future holds for the space agency.
    By: SHAURYA TOMER
    | Updated on: Sep 24 2022, 06:37 IST
    NASA In Pics: Stunning images of Soyuz launch captured by International Space Station
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    1/5 NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station witnessed the launch of the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft which took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 21, carrying one NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts. (Bob Hines/Twitter)
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    2/5 NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and two cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin arrived at the International Space Station on September 21, making a total of 10 residents aboard the ISS at least until the end of the week. Many of them will depart the ISS in the coming week as their 6-month tenure aboard the orbiting lab comes to an end. (AP)
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    3/5 European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti posted mesmerizing images of the launch on her Twitter. She wrote, “We had a spectacular view of the #Soyuz launch! Sergey, Dmitry and Frank will come knocking on our door in just a couple of hours … looking forward to welcoming them to their new home!” (Samantha Cristoforetti/Twitter)
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    4/5 NASA astronaut Bob Hines also shared images of the launch on his Twitter page. He wrote, “Ever wonder what a [rocket] launch looks like from space? It’s amazing!!” The NASA and ESA astronauts seem excited to welcome their new co-workers aboard the spacecraft, despite the ongoing tensions with Russia. (Bob Hines/Twitter)
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    5/5 According to NASA, all three newly arrived astronauts are part of the Expedition 68 crew which will take the research aboard the spacecraft for a period of 6 months. NASA said,” Throughout their six-month stay aboard the orbital outpost, the trio will work on science and research in technology development, Earth science, biology, human research, and more.” (Bob Hines/Twitter)
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    Want to know NASA’s future plans? The space agency has recently released its future objectives. (NASA)

    NASA on Tuesday released its revised Moon to Mars objectives which will serve as a roadmap for future missions. The space agency is beginning with the Artemis I mission which is set to launch at the end of this month after two failed launch attempts. According to the NASA blog, the space agency is calling for inputs from industry, experts, academia, stakeholders and international communities to further improve its objectives for deep space travel.

    NASA's Artemis missions will provide a way for the space agency to prepare astronauts for future Mars missions. The Artemis programme is NASA's attempt to go back to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. NASA has finally prepared 63 revised objectives which cover four broad topics – science, transportation & habitation, Lunar & Martian infrastructure and operations.

    NASA's objective preparation

    NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy said in the blog, “We need a roadmap with staying power, and through a collaborative process, we've identified a core set of defined objectives to achieve our exploration goals with our partners. These objectives are both practical and aspirational, and we were gratified by the thoughtful contributions of our workforce, industry, and international partners who will join us in shaping our future together.”

    The preparation for these objectives began in November last year with the help of Agency Cross-Directorate Federated Board. According to NASA, these objectives will help the space agency in working better with the other nations and might even open up opportunities for future collaboration during deep space missions.

    Jim Free, NASA's associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate said, “We're helping to steward humanity's global movement to deep space.”

    “The objectives will help ensure a long-term strategy for solar system exploration can retain constancy of purpose and weather political and funding changes. They help provide clear direction as new technologies, vehicles, and elements are developed in the coming years and are designed to be realistically achievable,” he added further.

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    First Published Date: 24 Sep, 06:37 IST
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