Journey Around the Moon: Artemis II Crew Inspects Orion Spacecraft Ahead of Historic Mission

Artemis II Crew Visits Their Orion Spacecraft

Inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Artemis II NASA astronauts and a CSA astronaut visited the Orion spacecraft, which will take them on a 10-day journey around the Moon. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Artemis II NASA astronauts visited the Orion spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center, in preparation for a 10-day journey around the Moon. The mission aims to test key technologies for human deep space exploration, and it marks an important milestone toward landing the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon.

Inside the high bay of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, August 8, Artemis II NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, and Christina Koch, and CSA (Canadian Space Agency) astronaut Jeremy Hansen visit the Orion spacecraft that will take them on a 10-day journey around the Moon as the first Artemis crew.

The spacecraft is undergoing acoustic testing prior to integration with its service module, the next major step in the assembly process. Training is underway for the Artemis II astronauts in preparation for their lunar mission.

Orion and European Service Module Orbiting Moon

Artist’s impression of Orion over the Moon. Orion is NASA’s next spacecraft to send humans into space. It is designed to send astronauts further into space than ever before, beyond the Moon to asteroids and even Mars. When they return to Earth, the astronauts will enter our atmosphere at speeds over 32,000 km/h but the capsule will protect them and ensure a bumpy but safe landing. Credit: NASA/ESA/ATG Medialab

The approximately 10-day Artemis II flight will test NASA’s foundational human deep space exploration capabilities, the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, for the first time with astronauts and will pave the way for lunar surface missions, including landing the first woman and first person of color on the Moon.

6 Comments on "Journey Around the Moon: Artemis II Crew Inspects Orion Spacecraft Ahead of Historic Mission"

  1. Hope so they don’t go to Hollywood studios like previous crew

  2. I have always been interested in your articles and more when it comes to astronomy or astronautics, since I have been fond of these disciplines since I was very young, but I notice something that I think is typical of you North Americans, when you talk about people of color, it is that white is not a color also, When they say “and the first black human on the moon” I think it would be better to say the first non-white human on the moon, these are semantic issues, but I wanted to point it out, greetings from Venezuela

  3. Come on. They’re all humans. The only thing that should matter is the content of their character. Yes, I’m pretty sure somebody modestly famous once suggested this notion…

  4. I sure am hoping that the mission is actually scientific and not just to check the boxes for race and gender. I wonder who is staying in the lander and getting the Michael Collins (maybe both the white guys?).

  5. I love the idea and the progress and that is not love conditioned on anything! If it’s a plan to “ check the boxes” as a comment suggested… well, so what! I still love the idea and progress!

  6. SO, that one person will cover all of the Arabs, Africans, American Indians, Asian Indians (apologies for politically incorrect use of terms), Chinese, Japanese, Philippines, Australian Aborigines, Mexicans, Mayans, Eskimos, Palestinians, Mongolians, and a 1000 other cultures. He is a highly capable and intelligent individual and that is all that counts. Let’s just get on with the mission. (Again, my apologies for being a politically and socially incorrect troglodyte.)

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