Artemis I is formally a “go” for launch. The NASA-led mission to ship an uncrewed Orion capsule to orbit the Moon and return to Earth is set to launch on Monday, Aug. 29 at 8:33 a.m. EDT (12:33 UTC) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Stand up to hurry on the mission and what to anticipate from the launch, and watch the dwell stream with us at planetary.org/dwell. Pictured: Artemis I’s Area Launch System rocket on the launch pad. Picture credit score: NASA.
NASA and ESA spacecraft have created a water map of Mars. ESA’s Mars Specific and NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have teamed as much as acquire knowledge for the final decade, creating a worldwide map of aqueous minerals (rocks which were chemically altered by the motion of water prior to now). As a result of aqueous minerals nonetheless comprise water molecules, this info, together with recognized areas of buried water-ice, will likely be important to planning touchdown websites for human exploration of Mars.
NASA has recognized candidate areas for touchdown astronauts on the Moon. All 13 areas are near the lunar south pole, which is an space of scientific relevance due to its completely shadowed areas. The ultimate choice on the place to land will rely partly on when Artemis III — the mission that may carry astronauts to the lunar floor — launches.