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NASA: Indian-origin scientist joins NASA's Artemis 1 Mission

An Indian-origin scientist named Amit Pandey has joined NASA’s Artemis 1 Mission.

By: SHAURYA TOMER
| Updated on: Aug 19 2022, 13:51 IST
In Pics: NASA set to return to the Moon with the Artemis 1 Mission
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1/5 According to NASA, Artemis I will be the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. The Orion capsule will carry various objects like Snoopy dog toy which will fly as a zero-gravity indicator in the capsule. A new version of Alexa called Callisto created by Lockheed Martin, Amazon, and Cisco will also be aboard the spacecraft. (REUTERS)
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2/5 The Artemis Programme is NASA’s first attempt to send a manned mission to the Moon since the Apollo missions in 1972. Earlier this month, NASA administrator Bill Nelson said, “To all of us that gaze up at the Moon, dreaming of the day humankind returns to the lunar surface, folks, we're here. We are going back.” (REUTERS)
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3/5 The rocket and the Orion spacecraft have already been rolled out onto the launchpad on August 16. Although the rollout was scheduled to happen today on August 18, NASA moved up the plans and rolled out the Orion spacecraft on top of NASA’s brand-new Space Launcher System. (REUTERS)
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4/5 When NASA launches the Artemis 1 mission using the Space Launcher System on August 29, the Orion spacecraft, although unmanned, will carry 3 manikins called Zohar, Helga and Campos to space as human stand-ins for various tests and studies. They will be retrofitted with a vast number of sensors to conduct tests regarding the spaceflight. (NASA)
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5/5 ason Hutt, NASA lead for Orion Crew Systems Integration said, “It’s critical for us to get data from the Artemis I manikin to ensure all of the newly designed systems, coupled with an energy dampening system that the seats are mounted on, integrate together and provide the protection crew members will need in preparation for our first crewed mission on Artemis II.” (NASA)
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Amit Pandey has been appointed as a senior scientist for the Artemis mission. (REUTERS)

A scientist hailing from Uttarakhand in India has joined NASA's upcoming Artemis 1 Mission as a senior scientist. Amit Pandey works at Lockheed Martin, which is one of NASA's contractors for this mission.

In an interview with ETV Bharat, Amit said, “In the 60s, America launched the Apollo programme, through which astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Similarly, NASA is now launching a long-term Moon Program, so astronauts can live and do research on the moon.”

He also retweeted a tweet containing a video related to the Moon posted by Lockheed Martin. He wrote “Moon here I come. Love it”.

According to ETV Bharat, Pandey completed his early education at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Haldwani. He later completed B.Tech from Banaras Hindu University and pursued a master's degree from the University of Arizona. Pandey completed his PhD from the University of Maryland in 2009.

 What is Artemis 1 mission to the moon? 

The Artemis Program is NASA's first attempt to send a manned mission to the Moon since the Apollo missions in 1972. Earlier this month, NASA administrator Bill Nelson said, “To all of us that gaze up at the Moon, dreaming of the day humankind returns to the lunar surface, folks, we're here. We are going back.”

According to NASA, Artemis I will be the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. When NASA launches the Artemis 1 mission using the Space Launcher System on August 29, the Orion spacecraft, although unmanned, will carry 3 manikins called Zohar, Helga and Campos to space as human stand-ins for various tests and studies. They will be retrofitted with a vast number of sensors to conduct tests regarding the spaceflight.

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First Published Date: 19 Aug, 13:51 IST
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