Plans for Major Space Missions by 2024

In the upcoming year, a number of new space missions are scheduled. A preview of some of the ones to look out for in 2024 is provided here. In 2022, the American space agency NASA conducted the Artemis program’s first flight. The Orion spacecraft was launched on a lunar orbit as part of the Artemis I mission. After NASA’s Apollo 17 mission in 1972, Artemis seeks to send humans back to the moon. The Orion spacecraft, or capsule, and NASA’s massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, which sent it into space, were both tested in Artemis I. During that voyage, Orion flew close to the moon and beyond 400,000 kilometers from Earth. Artemis I was deemed a great success by NASA officials.

Artemis II is scheduled for launch by NASA in late 2024. It is anticipated to circle the moon in the same manner as Artemis I, but with four NASA astronauts on board Orion. “To verify all of the spacecraft’s systems operate as designed with crew aboard in the actual environment of deep space,” according to NASA, is the goal of Artemis II. Even if Artemis II won’t be able to land, a number of other lunar landers are anticipated to do so in 2024.

On January 8, the first of these launches is scheduled to occur. Peregrine, a lander, is involved. The American commercial space company Astrobotic Technologies is the manufacturer of the 1.9-meter-tall spaceship. It will take off atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket. Twenty scientific experiments for seven countries are anticipated to be carried to the moon by Peregrine. It is intended to arrive in the Sinus Viscositatis region. According to NASA, the region lies adjacent to the Gruithuisen Domes, which are the biggest dark spots on the moon’s near side.

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