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SpaceX will launch Masten's first lander to the Moon in 2022
[ - August 27, 2020]
SpaceX has secured a contract to act as the launch partner for Masten Space Systems, one of the companies awarded a NASA launch contract under that agency's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. Masten's first lunar mission is set to take pace 2022 if all goes to plan, and will take the company's XL-1 lunar lander to the south pole of the Moon with NASA payloads including scientific experimentation instruments on board, as well as cargo from commercial passengers.

NASA just selected astronaut Jeanette Epps for a historic space mission by Boeing.
[, USA - August 26, 2020]
Epps is one of 16 active female astronauts who may one day land on the moon with NASA's Artemis program.

Blue Origin-led team delivers luner lander mockup to NASA
[ - August 25, 2020]
The Blue Origin National Team of four US aerospace companies has delivered a full-scale engineering mockup of their proposed human lunar lander. The Artemis Human Landing System (HLS) lander has been set up in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF), NASA Johnson Space Center's (JSC) iconic Building 9, said Blue Origin in an Aug. 20 statement.

NASA hopeful SLS Green Run test remains on schedule
[ - August 25, 2020]
Despite a weather-related pause in testing work, NASA still hopes to complete the Green Run test of the Space Launch System core stage in October, keeping its first launch on track for late next year.

Here's what NASA's next moon lander may look like
[, USA - August 22, 2020]
The competition to build the next spacecraft to deliver astronauts to the moon is getting serious. Jeff Bezos' rocket company Blue Origin, on Thursday delivered a 40-foot tall mock-up lander to the space agency for testing.

Blue Origin-led 'National Team' delivers mock-up moon lander to NASA for tests
[ - August 22, 2020]
A private team led by Jeff Bezos' spaceflight company Blue Origin has delivered a mock-up of its crewed moon lander to NASA for testing.

How do we get There from Here? With Suborbital Flight Testing
[, USA - August 21, 2020]
NASA's Artemis program is aiming for the Moon, yet the space between us is ripe with possibilities for helping mature the technologies we will need to get there, stay there, and venture beyond to Mars.

Orion window panel complete for front-row view on Artemis Moon mission
[, USA - August 19, 2020]
As NASA's Orion spacecraft approaches the Moon on the Artemis III mission to put the first woman and next man on the lunar surface, the crew will get a glimpse through the spacecraft's windows.

Artemis I launch team fires up fueling simulation
[, USA - August 19, 2020]
Inside the Launch Control Center's Firing Room 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, members of the Artemis I launch team rehearse the procedures for fueling the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with super cold propellants, or cryogenics, on Aug. 18, 2020.

NASA to offer students $10,000 to help astronauts harvest water on Moon, Mars
[ - August 18, 2020]
NASA has invited applications from university-level engineering students to participate in developing a method to harvest water on the Moon and Mars.

NASA official may face criminal investigation for contact with Boeing
[ - August 15, 2020]
This does not bode well for keeping to the 2024 landing goal.

Altius Space Machines to support on-orbit servicing for the Dynetics Human Landing System
[ - August 14, 2020]
Altius Space Machines, Inc. (Altius), was selected as a subcontractor to Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, to support the development of a human landing system for NASA's Artemis program.

Simulations show lander exhaust could cloud studies of lunar ices
[Publication, USA - August 14, 2020]
A new study led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, shows that exhaust from a mid-sized lunar lander can quickly spread around the Moon and potentially contaminate scientifically vital ices at the lunar poles.

NASA Begins Installing Orion Adapter for First Artemis Moon Flight
[, USA - August 13, 2020]
Technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are working to install an adapter that will connect the Orion spacecraft to its rocket for the Artemis I mission around the Moon.

NASA Begins Installing Orion Adapter for First Artemis Moon Flight
[, USA - August 13, 2020]
Technicians at Kennedy Space Center are working to install an adapter that will connect the Orion spacecraft to its rocket for the Artemis I mission around the Moon.

Voyager Subsidiary, Altius Space Machines, Inc. to Support On-Orbit Servicing for the Dynetics Human Landing System
[PRnewswire - August 12, 2020]
Altius' decade of space robotics expertise to propel development of new human landing system for NASA's Artemis Program.

SNC advances habitat development for NASA
[AerospaceManufacturingAndDesign - August 12, 2020]
Sierra Nevada continuing to advance its development of the company's Large Inflatable Fabric Environment (LIFE) Habitat under Phase 3 of NASA's Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Appendix A habitat program. In Phase 3, NASA has asked companies to focus on habitat design concepts that could be used on the lunar surface or as a Mars transportation habitat to test at the lunar Gateway.

LVSA arrives at KSC, NASA EGS readies final pre-stacking preparations for Artemis 1
[, USA - August 05, 2020]
The cone-shaped interstage connector was moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building, where NASA's Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) program and prime Test and Operations Support Contractor - Jacobs - will now perform through fit checks while waiting for the SLS Core Stage to finish its Green Run test campaign at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

NASA is on an epic roll. But can it keep the momentum going?
[, USA - August 04, 2020]
It just launched a rover to Mars and returned astronauts from the space station, but Congress recently said no to its latest budget request.

2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program
[, USA - August 02, 2020]
Call it a triumph of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine's relentless bipartisan approach to space policy.

[, USA - August 01, 2020]
As a precursor for Gateway, a Moon-orbiting outpost that is part of NASA's Artemis program, CAPSTONE will help reduce risk for future spacecraft by validating innovative navigation technologies and verifying the dynamics of this halo-shaped orbit.

NASA brings 2nd to last puzzle piece for Artemis I to Kennedy Space Center
[, USA - July 31, 2020]

Key connection for Artemis I arrives at Kennedy
[, USA - July 31, 2020]
The second to last piece of hardware for the Artemis I test flight around the Moon has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The launch vehicle stage adapter (LVSA) connects the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to the upper stage, called the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage, and also helps protect the RL10 engine housed in the upper stage which will power the Orion spacecraft on its journey to the Moon.

First SLS LVSA ready for Artemis 1, second in production
[, USA - July 28, 2020]
While the first flight LVSA unit was placed on NASA's Pegasus barge and towed through U.S. waterways to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, work to weld the second LVSA structure is well underway at MSFC. Plans are to have the second unit ready for the Artemis 2 vehicle by mid-2022 and NASA has also placed orders for the long-lead raw materials necessary to build fabrication of a third LVSA.

Irregular disorder and the NASA budget
[ - July 27, 2020]
The House Appropriations Committee released the CJS spending bill on July 07, which provides $22.6 billion for NASA. "These programs are being rushed to meet a politically motivated timeline to again place humans on the Moon's lunar surface in a little over four years," the report accompanying the spending bill said of NASA's exploration programs.

Biden pledges to continue support for NASA's Artemis Program
[, USA - July 25, 2020]
The Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appears to be in favour of continuing to support the NASA Artemis program. An 80-page draft of the Democratic Party's 2020 platform was distributed to party officials for review this week. Although it does not outline an exhaustive proposed space policy, it does appear to suggest a Biden-led government would continue to support NASA's push to return US astronauts to the lunar surface.

Harrison Schmitt says America must return to the moon 'as soon as possible'
[ - July 24, 2020]
"Scientific explorers and commercial pioneers need to get to the moon with diverse people, practices, and profit motivations.," argues Apollo astronaut Harrison Schmitt.

NASA inspector targets awards as Orion and Artemis over budget and behind schedule
[, USA - July 24, 2020]
The spacecraft slated to transport astronauts to the moon for NASA's Artemis program is still mired in cost overruns and delays, the agency's inspector general said last week, yet its prime contractor has received "overly generous" award fees totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

Why Japan is emerging as NASA's most important space partner
[, USA - July 22, 2020]
Japan provides a few major advantages in helping the US get back to the moon. In return, it will get its own chance to set foot on the lunar surface.

Russia isn't keen on Artemis, sides with China for Moon exploration
[ - July 20, 2020]
Russia's space agency has publicly stated it has no interest in participating in NASA's Artemis missions. Roscosmos is instead siding with China, partnering up for future space exploration efforts.

NASA teams load Artemis I rocket hardware on barge for trip to Kennedy
[, USA - July 18, 2020]
The adapter is the cone shaped piece that connects the rocket's core stage and interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS). Pegasus will transport the flight hardware to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida where it will be integrated with other parts of the rocket in preparation for launch.

NASA chief says Russia ties 'solid' as Moscow's space chief rejects U.S.-led moon program
[Reuters - July 15, 2020]
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said Tuesday he still expected support from Russia's space corporation in its Artemis moon program despite Moscow's space chief slamming the U.S.-led lunar effort.

NASA chooses 10 projects that will help it live off the land - on the Moon
[Publication, USA - July 14, 2020]
NASA is looking for ways to leverage lunar resources to meet their astronauts' needs in a process known as In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) and has selected 10 proposals through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program to developed ISRU-related technologies.

NASA and Japan sign JEDI on Artemis and Space Station co-operation
[, USA - July 10, 2020]
NASA and Japan signed a Joint Exploration Declaration of Intent (JEDI) on July 9. The JEDI describes the plans for co-operation regarding the International Space Station and NASA's Artemis program, including Japanese contributions to Gateway and lunar surface exploration.

NASA unveils new rules to protect the moon and Mars from Earth germs
[ - July 10, 2020]
"We're trying to balance the interests of the science community, the interest of the human exploration community and the interest of the commercial community."

Jacobs to perform final checkout and integration of Artemis I hardware
[ - July 09, 2020]
Prime test and operations contractor Jacobs will perform the final checkout and integration of all flight hardware for Nasa's Artemis I mission around the Moon.

NASA increases investment in small businesses to mature lunar capabilities for Artemis
[, USA - July 09, 2020]
NASA has selected four U.S. small businesses to mature a range of technologies for sustainable exploration of the Moon under the Artemis program.

Heat shield milestone complete for first Orion mission with crew
[, USA - July 08, 2020]
Technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently finished meticulously applying more than 180 blocks of ablative material to the heat shield for the Orion spacecraft set to carry astronauts around the Moon on Artemis II.

House proposes less money for NASA's human landing system for the moon
[, USA - July 07, 2020]
The House Appropriations Committee would like to keep NASA's budget at $22.63 billion, which matches the agency's current budget but is significantly less than the $25.2 billion proposed by President Donald Trump for fiscal year 2021.

Second SLS Mobile Launcher preps for construction as hardware arrives at KSC
[, USA - July 06, 2020]
A second Mobile Launcher (ML-2) for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is heading into its construction phase as Ground Support Equipment begins to arrive at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

NASA's chief exploration scientist for human exploration Dr Jacob Bleacher on the Artemis Program
[ - July 06, 2020]
Science Focus Podcast and full transcript.

NASA destroys SLS rocket during testing
[ - July 05, 2020]
NASA has released a video showcasing its own destruction of the SLS rocket. By intentionally pushing the rocket past its designed limits for strength, the space agency gets a better idea of just how durable it truly is.

NASA assembles Artemis II Orion stage adapter
[, USA - July 03, 2020]
Technicians at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center have moved panels for the Artemis II Orion stage adapter to a large robotic, welding machine. Three panels were built by AMRO Fabricating Corp. in California and shipped to Marshall where engineers and technicians are joining them using a sophisticated friction-stir welding process to form the Orion stage adapter.

EGS, Jacobs begin SLS booster build up for Artemis 1
[, USA - July 02, 2020]

NASA checks out SLS core stage avionics for Artemis I mission
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[ - 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
[ - 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.

Orion's 'twin' completes structural testing for Artemis I mission
[, USA - June 26, 2020]
Engineers completed testing on a duplicate of Orion called the Structural Test Article (STA), needed to verify the spacecraft is ready for Artemis I - its first uncrewed test flight..

NASA completes Artemis SLS structural testing campaign
[, 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
[, 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?
[ - 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
[ - 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
[, 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.
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[ (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
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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 Flight Opportunities seeks additional Flight providers
[, USA - May 21, 2020]
NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center has released a solicitation for additional providers to its Flight and Payload Integration Services contract for the Flight Opportunities program.

NASA's SLS Core Stage Green run tests critical systems for Artemis I
[, 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
[ - 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
[ - 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
[ - 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
[ - 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
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[ - 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
[ - 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
[ - February 28, 2020]
The plan asks a lot of Boeing.

The 17 biggest lunar missions leading up to NASA's 2024 moon landing
[, 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
[ - 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
[, 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
[ - 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
[ - 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
[, 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
[, 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
[, 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
[ - 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
[, 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
[, 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
[ - 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
[ - 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
[ - 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
[, 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
[, 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

Artemis Program

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.

Forward to the Moon: NASA's Strategic Plan for Lunar Exploration (May 23, 2019) (9 MB PDF)
[NASA - May 23, 2019]

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 in the B-2 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center for the core stage Green Run test series in January 2020. The 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.
This article [] briefly describes the Green Run testing series.


Orion Spacecraft
Orion (Orion MPCV) is a class of partially reusable space capsules to be used in NASA's human spaceflight programs, including Artemis.

Orion cockpit designed with crew in mind for Artemis missions to deep space
[, USA - July 15, 2020]
NASA's Orion spacecraft will carry astronauts from Earth on their journeys to the Moon, and Orion's design team is considering every detail about living and working inside the spacecraft.


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