A little less than a week after the launch of Artemis I, the NASA ship managed to reach the Moon, where it began to place satellites with the aim of conducting research in deep space. According to the scientists in charge of these tests, the operation is a greater success than they expected, but there is still a long time to finish the experiment. The capsule will be 6 days in orbit before returning to Earth.
According to Laura Forczyk, a space analyst, “it’s amazing that the entire launch went off without a hitch. There were some details, but at least it did not explode,” remarked the scientist. The takeoff of Artemis I It had been marked by various problems that saw its exit frustrated on several occasions, including one at the beginning of the year due to hydrogen leaks, other technicians and even the passage of a hurricane through Cape Canaveral.
However, reaching the Moon is only part of the test, since the return of the ship is almost as important as its departure, since the main focus of the Artemis I is to see the possible shortcomings in the capsule to be able to send a human crew in the Artemis II spacecraft in 2024. “Getting the spacecraft back is going to be just as challenging as getting it out, as the risks add up,” said Thomas Zurbachen, one of NASA’s administrators. He then added that “the mission is over when the capsule is safe and sound on Earth.”
“Human beings are creatures that need too much attention,” said Emily Judd, one of the employees of the research center that the aerospace agency has in Virginia. “We need oxygen to breathe, food to eat and various other life support systems that we have to make sure are working for when the crew goes out with Artemis II,” he said.
more than human
But not only the interest in the health of the crew members of the future is what moved this experiment, but with the departure of the ship Ten satellites were sent with the objective of carrying out different scientific practices, although not all of them respond as expected.
According to NASA, only half of the launched machines work as they should, while the rest face technical problems or cannot connect with operators on the ground.