Artemis Program News
NASA checks out SLS core stage avionics for Artemis I mission
[NASA.gov, USA - July 01, 2020]
The flight computers and avionics of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket's core stage for the Artemis I mission were powered on and have completed a thorough systems checkout in the second of eight tests in the Green Run test series at NASA's Stennis Space Center.
Artificial intelligence helping NASA design the new Artemis moon suit
[SYFY.com, USA - Jun 30, 2020]
Last fall, NASA unveiled the new suits that Artemis astronauts will wear when they return to the Moon in 2024. NASA's new xEMU is the first ground-up suit made for exploring the lunar landscape, and it's design is getting an assist from artificial intelligence.
NASA plans for more SLS rocket boosters to launch Artemis moon missions
[NASA.gov, USA - June 30, 2020]
NASA has taken the next steps toward building Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters to support as many as six additional flights, for a total of up to nine Artemis missions.
New details about the Artemis moon lander and moon base
[Engineering.com - June 30, 2020]
Three companies are competing to build NASA's next-gen lunar lander.
Canada is going to be building Canadarm3 for the Artemis missions
[UniverseToday.com - June 29, 2020]
The Canadian Space Agency who have provided robotic arms for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, will now build the next-generation of robotic systems for going to the Moon, called Canadarm3.
NASA completes Artemis SLS structural testing campaign
[NASA.gov, USA - June 26, 2020]
On June 24, 2020, engineers completed the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket's structural testing campaign for the Artemis lunar missions by testing the liquid oxygen structural test article to find its point of failure.
NASA's mission to the moon is about far more than cost
[TheHill.com, USA - June 26, 2020]
Given the progress being made in the private sector, some question why commercial systems now being deployed in low Earth orbit should not be used for deep space, and some ask why the national systems are needed at all. The answers are clear: One technical, the other geopolitical.
How will private space travel change the way we explore the solar system?
[ScienceFocus.com - June 26, 2020]
We ask Gary Martin, Vice President for North American operations for the International Space University, about how private enterprise is changing space exploration.
NASA studying practice rendezvous options for Artemis 2 Orion
[NasaSpaceFlight.com - June 25, 2020]
NASA is studying the addition of an Orion rendezvous demonstration to the Artemis 2 test flight to reduce overall mission risks to the subsequent Artemis 3 lunar landing from first-time operations.
Our return to the Moon
[KPCW.org, USA - June 25, 2020]
A Cool Science Radio interview with Dr. Jacob Bleacher, who is the Chief Exploration Scientist of Advanced Exploration Systems, a division of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.
It's hard to poop on the Moon. NASA is offering a $20,000 prize to help make a space crapper.
[PopularMechanics.com, USA - June 25, 2020]
NASA's Tournament Labs and Human Landing System Program has partnered with a Kickstarter-like platform called HeroX to sponsor a competition to design a space toilet that will be used on the moon.
NASA itinerary planning for astronauts during first Artemis lunar excursion in 2024
[Space.com, USA - June 24, 2020]
Last year, NASA set itself an ambitious goal: Send astronauts to walk on the moon in 2024. Now, the agency is busy planning what astronauts will do during those excursions. In a series of presentations made last month, NASA personnel described some of the details of the agency's vision for a new era of moonwalks.
NASA's hunt for lunar water intensifies
[ScientificAmerican.com, USA - June 24, 2020]
Over the next few years, NASA will dispatch an array of spacecraft to quench its thirst for more water-ice data, and to sustain its quest for an Artemis Base Camp to support wide-ranging human lunar exploration.
NASA prepares to complete Artemis SLS rocket structural testing
[AerotechNews.com, USA - June 23, 2020]
NASA's Space Launch System Program is concluding its structural qualification test series with one upcoming final test that will push the design for the rocket's liquid oxygen tank to its limits at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
SLS booster segments arrive in Florida, but stacking on hold until core stage test
[SpaceflightNow.com, USA - June 22, 2020]
Fueled segments of the solid rocket boosters that will lift off on the first flight of NASA's Space Launch System have arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but officials will hold off on stacking the boosters until the SLS core stage completes a crucial test-firing later this year.
Kathy Lueders now has the job of making NASA's 2024 moon landing happen
[TheHill.com, USA - June 21, 2020]
NASA's selection of Kathy Lueders to become the new associate administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate has been met with universal praise. Even former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, who is on record as wanting to cancel the Artemis return to the moon program, was quite effusive.
NASA prepares to complete Artemis SLS rocket structural testing
[NASA.gov, USA - June 20, 2020]
NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) Program is concluding its structural qualification test series with one upcoming final test that will push the design for the rocket's liquid oxygen tank to its limits at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Students develop innovative lunar exploration concepts in NASA's Artemis competition
[NASA.gov, USA - June 20, 2020]
Two university teams have taken top honors in NASA's 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts - Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition, which culminated in a virtual forum June 16-18.
EGS begins Artemis 1 launch processing of SLS booster hardware
[NasaSpaceFlight.com, USA - June 19, 2020]
NASA's Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) program is stepping into the launch processing flow for the Artemis 1 mission after taking delivery of Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) hardware for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will start the uncrewed lunar orbit mission next year.
New NASA spaceflight chief makes no guarantees about 2024 moon landing goal
[SpaceflightNow.com, USA - June 18, 2020]
"We're going to try, right?" Kathy Lueders, NASA's newly appointed head of human spaceflight operations, said Thursday that without a crystal ball, she could not give a yes-or-no answer when asked whether she believes NASA can put astronauts back on the moon by the end of 2024 as called for by the Trump administration.
NASA's famous rocket railroad is back in business
[PopularMechanics.com, USA - June 17, 2020]
NASA's massive SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft recently arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida after a 10-day, cross-country journey from Northrop Grumman's facility in Promontory, Utah. And it arrived in style on the storied NASA Railroad.
Rocket motors for first NASA Artemis moon mission arrive at spaceport
[NASA.gov (press release) - June 16, 2020]
The rocket booster segments that will help power NASA's first Artemis flight test mission around the Moon arrived at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday for launch preparations.
NASA chooses private company to get its water-hunting rover to the moon's South Pole
[Orlando Sentinel, USA - June 11, 2020]
Before NASA gets around to landing the first woman on the moon, it has partnered up with several commercial companies to send rovers and probes to the lunar surface. One of them is 2023 mission to deliver NASA's water-hunting rover called VIPER.
NASA SLS boosters headed to Kennedy Space Center
[OrlandoSentinel.com, USA - June 08, 2020]
NASA's return to the moon has to go through Utah first, where NASA contractor Northrop Grumman has been working on the two solid rocket boosters to be paired with the core stage of the SLS. Specialized transports will move each of 10 solid rocket motor segments from the test facility in Promontory, Utah, before a cross-country journey by train to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Former NASA official Doug Loverro under investigation for communications with Boeing, report claims
[Sputnik News - June 07, 2020]
Former high-ranking NASA official Doug Loverro, is being investigated over allegedly giving improper guidance to Boeing Co. in relation to an agency competition for one of NASA's moon landing contracts, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Northrop Grumman snags $187 million to design NASA's lunar Gateway habitat for astronauts
[Space.com, USA - June 07, 2020]
NASA has awarded Northrop Grumman $187 million to design the habitat module for the space agency's lunar Gateway, a planned moon-orbiting space station for astronauts. The money will fund the module's design through a key review by the end of 2020.
SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Five thoughts on The Artemis Accords, and another one for Israel
[SpaceWatchGL, USA - June 03, 2020]
By Dr. Deganit Paikowsky.
NASA names companies to develop human landers for Artemis moon missions
[SpaceWatchGL, USA - May 31, 2020]
NASA has selected three U.S. companies to design and develop human landing systems (HLS) for the agency's Artemis program, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024. NASA is on track for sustainable human exploration of the Moon for the first time in history.
Third European service module for Artemis Mission to land astronauts on the moon
[SciTechDaily.com, USA - May 27, 2020]
It's official: when astronauts land on the Moon in 2024 they will get there with help from the European Service Module. The European Space Agency signed a contract with Airbus to build the third European Service Module for NASA's Orion spacecraft that will ferry the next astronauts to land on the Moon.
NASA's SLS Core Stage Green run tests critical systems for Artemis I
[NASA.gov, USA - May 21, 2020]
NASA is resuming work on a series of tests to bring the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage to life for the first time, allowing engineers to evaluate the new complex stage that will launch the Artemis I lunar mission.
NASA unveils 'Artemis Accords' as it seeks international partners for 2024 mission to the Moon
[CNBC.com - May 15, 2020]
The U.S. space agency on Friday unveiled the "Artemis Accords," a set of principles it seeks to use as the basis of bilateral agreements with other countries. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explained in a briefing that the intention of the accords is to provide a basis for what other nations would agree to when joining NASA's Artemis program, which aims return NASA astronauts to the lunar surface in four years.
NASA refines plans for launching Gateway and other Artemis elements
[SpaceNews.com - May 14, 2020]
NASA is making several changes to its plans to return humans to the surface of the moon by 2024, including launching the first two elements of the lunar Gateway together and adding a critical demonstration to the first crewed Orion flight.
NASA orders 18 more engines for its Space Launch System megarocket
[Space.com - May 13, 2020]
NASA has ordered 18 more rocket engines for its new Space Launch System megarocket for future Artemis moon missions. The new order, valued at $1.79 billion, calls for the California-based aerospace company Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide 18 RS-25 engines to power future SLS rockets. The agreement builds upon an existing deal between NASA and Aerojet for six SLS engines. This new order boosts the final contract's value to about $3.5 billion through 2029, NASA officials said.
Toward a brighter future: Continuity of the Artemis Program
[TheSpaceReview.com - May 11, 2020]
As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, overcoming the immediate crisis is the top priority. Recovery will require thoughtful planning, investment, and patience. At the same time, it is important that we look beyond the crisis toward grand efforts that push boundaries and fuel humanity's aspirations. That is why we continue to work on Artemis, the USA's program to send humans forward to the Moon and on to Mars.
NASA's Artemis lunar lander is beginning to take shape
[PopularMechanics.com, USA - April 30, 2020]
SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics will spend the next 10 months developing their systems.
NASA releases updated Artemis Program lunar plans
[National Space Society, USA - April 06, 2020]
The National Space Society commends NASA for its updated Artemis mission plan for returning humans to the Moon. The new roadmap, called "NASA's Plan for Sustained Lunar Exploration and Development," was released on April 2.
NASA unveils plan for Artemis 'base camp' on the moon beyond 2024
[Space.com, USA - April 03, 2020]
NASA is forging ahead with its Artemis program to land humans on the moon by 2024, and has just offered its first plan - titled "NASA's Plan for Sustained Lunar Exploration and Development" - for what a U.S. lunar presence may look like after that milestone.
12,000 Apply to be next US astronauts
[VOAnews.com, USA - April 01 2020]
NASA may have just found the next man to walk on the moon - or the first woman to land on Mars - or someone who can float above the Earth and make repairs to the International Space Station..
NASA's Orion spacecraft completes testing ahead of Artemis 1 moon mission
[TechCrunch.com - March 15, 2020]
NASA has completed the testing process meant to simulate performance in in-space conditions for its Orion crew spacecraft, developed by Lockheed Martin and designed to carry crew on the agency's Artemis missions. It reportedly 'aced' the tests according to NASA, which include thermal vacuum and electromagnetic interference performance checks.
NASA faces ongoing struggle to rein in moon rocket costs
[CBSnews.com - March 10, 2020]
The powerful SLS rocket being built for NASA's Artemis moon program will have cost more than $18 billion by the time it blasts off on its maiden flight in 2021. Already running two years behind schedule and some $2 billion over budget because of technical problems, changing requirements and contractor performance, potential delays for the rocket's second mission - the first to carry astronauts - could push the SLS program's cost to nearly $23 billion by 2023, the OIG reports.
NASA planning document may offer clues to changes in Artemis program
[ARStechnica.com - February 28, 2020]
The plan asks a lot of Boeing.
The 17 biggest lunar missions leading up to NASA's 2024 moon landing
[TechnologyReview.com, USA - February 27, 2020]
NASA's Artemis program is heralding a moon rush, and nobody - from SpaceX to Russia - wants to be left behind..
NASA says core stage of next moon rocket now ready
[Phys.org - December 09, 2019]
NASA has completed the giant rocket that will take US astronauts back to the Moon, the space agency's head announced Monday, pledging the mission would take place in 2024 despite being beset by delays.
How the Artemis Program will get us back to the Moon - then Mars
[HoustonPublicMedia.org, USA - October 04, 2019]
Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn takes us inside the Orion capsule to learn how NASA's next missions to the moon will eventually lead to Mars.
NASA dangles $7 billion carrot for next moon landing
[Phys.org - August 27, 2019]
The agency that sent humans to the moon 50 years ago is offering $7 billion to take the first steps for a U.S. return to the lunar surface within five years.
5 reasons why NASA's 2024 moon landing looks unlikely
[TechnologyReview.com - August 27, 2019]
The odds that NASA can accomplish its huge task in five years are looking longer and longer with each passing week.
Orion Hot Fire Test Blazing a Safe Trail for NASA Missions to the Moon
[NASA.gov, USA - August 23, 2019]
The Northrop Grumman built attitude control motor (ACM) on Orion's launch abort system was successfully tested on August 22, at their facility in Elkton, Maryland. The 30-second trial by fire was the second to last test before it's qualified for human spaceflight on Artemis 2 -- the first mission with astronauts. During the static test, the ACM produced more than 7,000 pounds of thrust from eight valves, providing enough force to steer Orion and its crew to a safe distance.
Hot Fire! Orion's service module completes critical propulsion test
[NASA.gov, USA - August 06, 2019]
NASA is building a system to send astronauts to the Moon for Artemis missions, and that includes tests to make sure the Orion spacecraft is prepared to safely carry crew on an alternate mission profile in the face of unexpected problems. That capability was most recently demonstrated with a successful, continuous 12-minute firing of Orion's propulsion system that simulated a possible alternate mission scenario.
From Apollo 11 To Artemis 3: Here's NASA's mission timeline for putting humans back on the Moon
[Forbes.com, USA - Jul 22, 2019]
Here's the timeline for the Artemis program, which has the goal of returning two astronauts to the lunar surface 'in a sustainable way ' to prepare for sending astronauts to Mars for the first time ever.
NASA'S daunting to-do list for sending people back to the Moon
[TheVerge.com - July 18, 2019]
The agency needs a finished rocket, a tiny space station, and a brand new lander.
NASA Selects first commercial Moon landing services for Artemis Program
[NASA.gov, USA - June 01, 2019]
NASA has selected three commercial Moon landing service providers that will deliver science and technology payloads under Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) as part of the Artemis program. Each commercial lander will carry NASA-provided payloads that will conduct science investigations and demonstrate advanced technologies on the lunar surface, paving the way for NASA astronauts to land on the lunar surface by 2024.
NASA Administrator to make Artemis moon program announcement, Media Teleconference Set
[NASA.gov, USA - May 23, 2019]
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will make a significant announcement about the Artemis program's lunar exploration plans at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 23, at the Florida Institute of Technology.
NASA head rules out SpaceX rockets for 2024 moon mission
[Cnet.com - May 23, 2019]
The space agency's administrator says it absolutely plans to return on the back of its own launchers.
NASA aims to put first woman on the moon by 2024 in Artemis mission
[Cnet.com - May 14, 2019]
The space agency says $1.6 billion will do nicely to help accelerate its moon landing plans.
NASA dubs 2024 Moon mission 'Artemis,' asks for $1.6 billion
[Phys.org - May 14, 2019]
NASA's next mission to the Moon will be called Artemis, the US space agency announced Monday, though it's still looking for the money to make the journey happen by its accelerated 2024 deadline.
Sending american astronauts to Moon in 2024: NASA accepts challenge
[NASA.gov, USA - April 09, 2019]
The president directed NASA to land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024, and NASA has accepted the challenge. "We've been given an ambitious and exciting goal" said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. He confirmed at the 35th Space Symposium on April 9, 2019, that the agency's proposed human lunar landing system architecture remains the plan to return crew to the surface as quickly as possible. The human lunar lander will be a public-private partnership working directly with American companies to expedite the program.
NASA unveils Orion during ceremony
[NASA.gov, USA - July 03, 2012]
The Orion capsule that will make the first flight test into space was celebrated as the cornerstone of a new era of exploration for America's space program.
Artemis Program Resources
NASA's Artemis Program website
[NASA official website]
For official news about the latest developments, this NASA page is the place to land first!
Artemis Program information
The Artemis Program pages at Wikipedia are a great source of information, and are regularly updated.
Space Launch System (SLS)
Space Launch System (SLS)
Meet The Rocket: NASA's Space Launch System will be the most powerful rocket NASA has ever built.
Space Launch System (SLS)
The Space Launch System (SLS) is the super heavy-lift expendable launch vehicle for NASA's Artemis and deep space exploration plans.
Artemis Testing: SLS Green Run checklist
[NASA - May 21, 2020]
The core stage Green Run test series of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is currently underway. Crews installed the 212-foot-tall core stage -- the same rocket hardware that will be used for the first Artemis mission to the Moon -- in the B-2 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, for the core stage Green Run test series in January 2020. The comprehensive, eight-part test series, or run, will steadily bring the core stage flight hardware, or new, 'green' hardware, to life for the first time. The test series cumulates with a 'hot fire' as all four RS-25 engines fire simultaneously.
Orion (Orion MPCV) is a class of partially reusable space capsules to be used in NASA's human spaceflight programs, including Artemis.
Gateway: In lunar orbit
The Gateway will be an outpost orbiting the Moon that provides vital support for a sustainable, long-term human return to the lunar surface, as well as a staging point for deep space exploration. It is a critical component of NASA's Artemis program.
Artemis & Marshall Space Flight Center
Artemis relies on the expertise and capabilities of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Suit Up: NASA's Artemis generation space suits
NASA resource page about Artemis generation space suits.
After LM: NASA Lunar Lander Concepts Beyond Apollo