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A chronology of videos about the Artemis Program

NASA is building a space station around the Moon

[Motherboard - May 07, 2021]

As NASA gears up for a return to the moon this decade, work is underway for a permanent lunar orbital space station, project name Gateway. In this episode of The Space Show, host Becky Ferreira speaks with Dan Hartman, NASA's Gateway program manager, and Lara Kearney, NASA's Gateway program deputy manager about the new space station.

The Boeing-built Core Stage 1 for NASA's Space Launch System arrives at Kennedy for integration

[Boeing - April 30, 2020]

Ready to rocket! See the enormous NASA Space Launch System Core Stage 1 offload at NASA Kennedy and move to the iconic NASA Vehicle Assembly Building. The 212-foot Core Stage 1 is the backbone of the rocket for the Artemis I mission that will thrust the Orion spacecraft out of the Earth's atmosphere for the first Moon shot in nearly 50 years. Stay tuned as the rocket is integrated and advances along the path to the launch pad.

NASA picks SpaceX for Artemis Human Lunar Lander development

[NASA - April 17, 2021]

NASA is getting ready to send astronauts to explore more of the Moon as part of the Artemis program, and the agency has selected SpaceX to continue development of the first commercial human lander that will safely carry the next two American astronauts to the lunar surface.

The agency's powerful Space Launch System rocket will launch four astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft for their multi-day journey to lunar orbit. There, two crew members will transfer to the SpaceX human landing system (HLS) for the final leg of their journey to the surface of the Moon. After approximately a week exploring the surface, they will board the lander for their short trip back to orbit where they will return to Orion and their colleagues before heading back to Earth.

Artemis I: NASA's plans to travel beyond the Moon

[NASA - April 08, 2021]

Artemis 1 will be the first integrated test of NASA's deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration, and demonstrate our commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.

During this flight, the spacecraft will launch on the most powerful rocket in the world and fly farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. It will travel 280,000 miles from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the Moon over the course of about a three-week mission. Orion will stay in space longer than any ship for astronauts has done without docking to a space station and return home faster and hotter than ever before.

With this first exploration mission, NASA is leading the next steps of human exploration into deep space where astronauts will build and begin testing the systems near the Moon needed for lunar surface missions and exploration to other destinations farther from Earth, including Mars.

NASA's Second Hot Fire Test for the Artemis moon rocket

[NASA - March 18, 2021]

We are targeting 3:45 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 18 for the second hot fire test of the core stage for the Space Launch System rocket at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Engineers will power up all the core stage systems, load more than 700,000 gallons of supercold propellant into the tanks, and fire the rocket's four RS-25 engines at the same time to simulate the stage's operation during the launch of our first Artemis mission to the Moon.

Artemis: Inside the Latest Achievements - Episode 27

[NASA Johnson - March 02, 2021]

NASA's Artemis program is making incredible progress on its mission to land the first woman and next man on the Moon. Recent work on the Artemis I Space Launch System included the Green Run core stage test at Stennis Space Center, MS, and aft segments transport and solid rocket booster stacking at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL. NASA's Exploration Ground Systems team completed mobile launcher roll back and launch countdown testing at KSC. Artemis I Orion Program progress included jettison fairing installation as well as touring of facilities at KSC by Cathy Koerner, Orion Program Manager.

We're charting the course for sustainable human space exploration and persevering on our journey deeper into the cosmos!

Hot Fire Engine Test for the Artemis moon rocket

[NASA - January 16, 2021]

One step closer to Artemis missions to the Moon. We are targeting a two-hour test window that opens at 4 p.m. EST on Sat., Jan. 16 for the hot fire test of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage at our Stennis Space Center. The hot fire is the eighth and final test of the Green Run series, to ensure the core stage of the SLS is ready to launch #Artemis? missions to the Moon. This will be the first time that all four RS-25 engines will be fired at once in order to simulate a launch, generating 1.6 million pounds of thrust.

Meet the Artemis Team

[NASA - December 10, 2020]

At NASA, we have always answered the innate call to explore and our achievements have changed the course of history. Now, we're returning to the Moon under the Artemis program to learn to live and work on another world for the benefit of humanity.

NASA has selected an initial team of astronauts - the Artemis Team - to help pave the way for our next human missions on and around the Moon. The Artemis program includes sending the first woman and next man to walk on the lunar surface. Let's meet the team!

Tech demos for NASA's Artemis Program

[Blue Origin - December 10, 2020]

The Blue Origin-led National Team submitted its Option A proposal to land the first woman and next man on the Moon in partnership with NASA. Blue Origin leads the HLS National Team, which includes Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper. Together, these partners guided Apollo, established routine orbit cargo transfer, developed today's only crewed lunar spaceship, and pioneered planetary precision landing with liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen vehicles.

During the base period alone, the National Team is completing 25 technical demonstrations and counting, making key progress toward NASA's mission. Learn more about the technical demonstrations and the approach to get America back to the Moon to stay.

Human Landing System: Putting boots back on the Moon

[Deep Astronomy - June 12, 2020]

On April 30, three US companies were selected to design and develop human landing systems for NASA's Artemis program aiming to allow sustainable moon exploration as early as 2024. The three prime contractors - Blue Origin, Dynetics, and SpaceX - each have strikingly different architectures for their proposals. In this AAS Future in Space Hangout, our host, Tony Darnell, will discuss the various approaches with the lead from each contractor, digging in to find out why they went the way they did, why they think theirs is the best, and more. Join us!

- Tony Darnell, host and moderator
- John Couluris, HLS Program Manager, Blue Origin
- Nick Cummings, Director of Advanced Development for Civil Space, SpaceX
- Robert Wright, Deputy Division Manager, Space Systems, Dynetics

Artemis: Inside the Latest Achievements - Episode 24

[NASA Johnson - May 16, 2020]

NASA's Artemis program completed several milestones this quarter (Q1 2020) on its journey to take U.S. astronauts to the surface of the Moon. NASA's Orion spacecraft has completed a successful final test of the vehicle's Attitude Control Motor which steers and orients its launch-abort system. Inside Kennedy Space Center, launch control staff took part in multiple Firing Room Simulations to certify them for operations. Workers in Michoud Assembly Facility primed and prepped the Artemis II Liquid Oxygen Tank for post-proof testing whilst workers from the integrated recovery team conducted the 8th Underway Recovery Test of Orion for Artemis I. Take a look at all we've accomplished from testing our Orion spacecraft and building our Space Launch System rocket to graduating a new Artemis Generation class of astronauts and creating partnerships with private industry.

3, 2, 1... Lift-off of the Artemis 1 mission to the Moon

[NASA Marshall SFC - May 13, 2020]

Hear the countdown and see how NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the world's most powerful rocket, will send the Orion spacecraft to the Moon on the Artemis 1 Mission. This video takes you through the pre-launch sequence at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and through all the flight operations as SLS launches Orion and sends it on to lunar orbit.

Artemis announcement: NASA selects Human Landing Systems

[NASA - May 1, 2020]

NASA has selected three American companies - Blue Origin, Dynetics and SpaceX - to design and develop human landing systems for the Artemis program. With these awards, NASA is on track to land the next astronauts on the lunar surface by 2024, and establish sustainable human exploration of the Moon by the end of the decade.

Gateway Lunar Outpost animation

[NASA Kennedy SC - April 11, 2020]

Artemis I: System testing and moving - Episode 23

[NASA Johnson - March 27, 2020]

Across America and in Europe, teams are building, moving, and testing the spacecraft, rocket, and launch systems that will send humans to deep space destinations through the Artemis Program. NASA’s Orion, Space Launch System (SLS), and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) programs are continuing work on one of the most sophisticated space system ever built in support of Artemis I. Artemis I will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions in the Artemis Program, which will land astronauts on the surface of the Moon in 2024.

Some major recent milestones include: Orion - Lift from Final Assembly and System Testing (FAST) Cell at Kennedy Space Center, FL; Command and Service Module Load onto Super Guppy at Kennedy Space Center, FL; Command and Service Module Arrival at Plum Brook Station, OH; Command and Service Module Testing at Plum Brook Station, OH. SLS - Core Stage Roll Out at Michoud Assembly Facility, LA; Core Stage Arrival and Lift to Test Stand at Stennis Space Center, MS. EGS - Core Stage Pathfinder Lift in Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center, FL; Mobile Launcher Arm Swing Test at Kennedy Space Center, FL; Mobile Launcher Roll Back to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center, FL.

Artemis update: A year of progress on returning to the Moon

[NASA - March 27, 2020]

Our Artemis program will return U.S. astronauts to the surface of the Moon, a goal announced by Vice President Mike Pence on March 26, 2019. Take a look at all we've accomplished since then, from testing our Orion spacecraft and building our Space Launch System rocket to graduating a new Artemis Generation class of astronauts and creating partnerships with private industry.

Artemis Generation: Astronaut graduation day

[NASA - January 11, 2020]

The first class of astronauts in the Artemis Generation have graduated after two years of astronaut training. These 13 men and women from both the U.S. and Canada are now ready to travel to the International Space Station, the Moon and beyond.

NASA's first SLS moon rocket rolls out of assembly facility

[America Space - January 10, 2020]

Video Credit: NASA / Boeing

How we are going to the Moon - 4K

[NASA - December 20, 2019]

While Apollo placed the first steps on the Moon, Artemis opens the door for humanity to sustainably work and live on another world for the first time. Using the lunar surface as a proving ground for living on Mars, this next chapter in exploration will forever establish our presence in the stars.

We are returning to the Moon - to stay - and this is how we are going!

Actress Kelly Marie Tran of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' lent her voice to this project.

NASA Orion spacecraft raw build footage

[The Space Archive - Oct 27, 2019]

NASA Introduces new spacesuits for the Moon and Mars

[NASA - Oct 17, 2019]

At NASA Headquarters on Oct. 15, 2019, Administrator Jim Bridenstine introduced the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) and Orion Crew Survival System suit which will be will be worn by first woman and next man as they explore the Moon as part of the Artemis program.

Introducing Artemis Generation spacesuits (53min)

[NASA - Oct 16, 2019]

NASA invited Media to get an up-close look at the next generation spacesuits the first woman and next man to explore the Moon will wear as part of the agency's Artemis program.

NASA is preparing to send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 and is moving forward with design and development of the suits astronauts will wear on the lunar surface and other destinations, including Mars.

The public event took place on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and featured NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who hosted a demonstration with spacesuit engineers.

The first Artemis flight path around the Moon

[NASA - Oct 11, 2019]

Our Artemis program will return humans to the Moon by 2024. Artemis I, the first Artemis mission, will test all of the human rated systems in deep space - including the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket. This is its 26 day journey... in 30 seconds.

The hardware for Artemis I mission comes together

[NASA Marshall SFC - Sep 10, 2019]

NASA's powerful Space Launch System rocket and NASA's Orion spacecraft are making progress to the pad. Over the course of their development, the rocket and spacecraft have moved from design and manufacturing to testing and assembly and integration. Some of the hardware has even been delivered to the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Along with the Gateway in lunar orbit and a new human landing system, SLS and Orion create the backbone for the agency's Artemis missions to the Moon that will land astronauts on the lunar surface by 2024 From the top to the bottom, you can take a look at the completed flight hardware for SLS and Orion for the first flight, Artemis I, in this latest video.

NASA's 2024 Artemis Moon landing mission explained

[Seeker - Jul 20, 2019]

Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon. With the announcement of the long awaited Artemis mission, NASA plans to send the first man and woman to the Moon's south pole by 2024.

We go as the Artemis Generation

[NASA - July 20, 2019]

We Go: To the Moon and on to Mars. Our generation, the Artemis generation, will explore farther than we've ever gone before. The Artemis program will send the first woman and next man to walk on the surface of the Moon and build a sustainable base to prepare for missions to Mars and beyond.

Introducing our next lunar landings

[NASA - June 01, 2019]

Introducing the first American companies who will deliver the science, technology and research that will set the stage for humanity's return to the Moon by 2024. News release:

We are going

[NASA - May 15, 2019]

We are going to the Moon, to stay, by 2024. And this is how.

Special thanks to William Shatner for lending his voice to this project.

NASA chief talks Lunar Gateway, reusability in 2020 budget proposal

[VideoFromSpace - March 12,2019]

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine talks about returning to the moon and building a Lunar Gateway.

Lockheed Martin Lunar Gateway animation #IAC2018

[MDx media - October 04, 2018]

[video: Lockheed Martin Space]

Full animation of Lockheed Martin's concept to support NASA's Gateway at the Moon.

Peek inside NASA's Orion spacecraft - exclusive tour

[VideoFromSpace - August 10, 2018]'s Tariq Malik tours the interior of NASA's Orion spacecraft mock-up at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

Meet Orion and SLS: America's next great spacecraft - STEM in 30

[Smithsonian - November 17, 2017]

How are we going to get astronauts to Mars and back safely? How many crew will be making this trip? And how big will this rocket have to be? We will answer these questions and many more as STEM in 30 looks at the Orion, a spacecraft built to take humans farther than they have ever gone before.

This program is made possible through the generous support of NASA.


NASA | Exploration Mission-1: Pushing farther into deep space

[NASA - Sep 19, 2017]

In the next eight minutes, you'll experience a twenty-five-and-a-half-day mission from roll-out to recovery of the first integrated flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System rocket, launching from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This uncrewed mission will be the first in a planned series of exploration missions beyond the moon, signaling what astronauts who dare to operate in deep space will experience on future flights.

Orion capsule from Lockheed Martin

[EdisonTechCenter - May 5, 2015]

Learn about the capabilities and uses of the Orion crew capsule which will be used on the mission to Mars. From the Lockheed Martin booth at the 31st Space Symposium.

SLS Qualification Booster Test

[NASA - March 12, 2015]

Orbital ATK Promontory, Utah

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U.S. Navy recovers NASA Orion space capsule EFT-1

[Gung Ho Vids - Dec 10, 2014]

U.S. Navy divers from USS Anchorage (LPD 23) recover the NASA Orion space capsule after it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on December 5, 2014. The recovery operation marked the end of Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1), the first orbital test flight of the Orion spacecraft.

The craft, without a crew, was launched on December 5, 2014, at 12:05 UTC (7:05 am EST), atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The mission was a four-hour, two-orbit test of the Orion crew module featuring a high apogee on the second orbit and concluding with a high-energy reentry at around 20,000 miles per hour.

Units - Expeditionary Strike Group Three, USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eight, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One, Fleet Combat Camera Pacific, and Fleet Weather Center San Diego.

Film Credits: PO1 Paul Seeber, PO1 Gary Keen, U.S. Navy Video Released On December 9, 2014

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Orion soars on first flight test

[NASA - December 05, 2014]

NASA's Orion spacecraft launched successfully atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket Dec. 5 at 7:05 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), is the first flight test for NASA's new deep space capsule and is a critical step on NASA's journey to Mars. The 4.5 hour flight is scheduled to conclude with the splashdown of Orion in the Pacific Ocean.

Orion Exploration Mission-1 animation

[NASA - May 19, 2013]

Animation of the Orion spacecraft's Exploration Mission-1 in 2017. Exploration Mission-1 will be the first integrated flight test with both the Orion spacecraft and NASA's new Space Launch System.

NASA's Orion: From factory to flight

[NASA - Dec 23, 2011]

NASA is making steady progress on building the Orion spacecraft, which will take astronauts deeper into space than ever before. Take a look at the latest achievements and milestones in "Orion: From Factory to Flight" as Orion gets ready for its first orbital test flight in 2014.