The Artemide mission is NASA’s new project to bring us back permanently to the moon.
A small step for man, a major step for humanity, but since that time we have not really made anymore big steps forward in the knowledge of the lunar territory and, above all, in understanding how the Moon can become a resource for human beings.
Currently NASA is ready to undertake a mission that will allow you to discover and learn about the lunar South Pole, an area where it is thought there may be frozen water reserves, and to understand more deeply the characteristics of the satellite. To do this, it will rely on some private companies operating in the space travel sector, including SpaceX to name the best known, which will have the responsibility of getting 11 of the 16 loads that we plan to ship.
Recently NASA itself has revealed the contents of the loads, so let’s see some of the machines that, we hope, will make humanity take a further step:
Laser retro-refkector array (LRA) and Navigation doppler lidar for precise velocity and range sensing (NDL), tools that will allow a perfect landing on the surface;
structural elements for the design of landers and rovers, machines useful for exploration;
devices for detecting water sources;
Pils, a device that converts sunlight into electricity;
Lets, a spectrometer that will collect information on lunasi radiation;
Msolo, for the identification of volatile substances with low molecular weight;
Pospect will instead serve to characterize the lunar exosphere.
The Artemide mission will therefore not have the sole purpose of bringing man back to the moon, but it will be the testing ground for a federal – private collaboration, necessary to bear the enormous costs necessary for space travel.
Chris Culbert, head of the Clps project at NASA’s Jhonson Space Center, explained:
“We have completed the work of assigning scientific and technological payloads to each of the initial deliveries of the CLPS, this step allows our business partners to complete the important technical integration work necessary to make the payloads fly and brings us closer to launch and landing experiments that will help us better understand the Moon before sending the first woman and the next man to the Moon. “