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ANOTHER GIANT LEAPFOR MANKINDHow the Artemis missions will propel humanity to the Moon, Mars, and beyondSo many of us wanted to be astronauts when we grew up. If you were one of those kids, or if you still are, your dream could soon take off-literally.The team at NASA is in the final stages of preparing for the return back to Earth's favorite companion, the Moon.THE PROGRAMNAME The mission is named after the Greek goddess Artemis, twin sister of Apollo, harkening back to the Apollo 11 mission that successfully landed the first humans on the lunar surface.GOALTo usher in a new era of space exploration aimed at eventually making human contact with Mars.THE TECHIf we're going to reach the Moon and make it back in one piece, we need the right equipment.ARTEMIS GENERATION SPACESUITSEnhanced spacesuits to traverse deep-space hostility with style and easeEXPLORATION GROUND SYSTEMSLaunch facilities at the Kennedy Space Center, refurbished to handle a more robust batch of rocketsGATEWAYTop-of-the-line space station that operates as the central hub of astronautical activity as well as the docking station for Lunar LandersLUNAR LANDERSDevices that ensure a safe and remarkable touchdown, capable of being reclaimed and reused on multiple occasionsORIONMultifaceted travel pod to transport the crew across space and back home againSPACE LAUNCH SYSTEMThe most powerful rocket ever constructed to conquer the final frontierTHE MISSIONSARTEMIS I - 2021The first phase of Artemis kicks off by sending an unmanned Orion into orbit along with some key equipment to collect data before giving the a-okay to dispatch human passengers. The rocket will travel a whopping 280,000 miles from Earth before making its way home, where it will endure a 5,000°F blast from Earth's atmosphere. Rest assured, Orion knows how to keep its cool.ARTEMIS II - 2022Round two of Artemis will use data compiled from the first mission to set sail on another test flight, this time with the team on board. This journey will mark the farthest distance humans have ever traveled from earth.ARTEMIS III - 2024After decades of tests, trials, and human curiosity, a brand new batch of space explorers will touch base on the Moon 55 years after the original lunar landing.THE RESULTSCelebrate the first woman and person of color to walk on the MoonEstablish the Gateway station as a resource outpost to sustain longer and more frequent lunar missionsDeploy devices that will allow scientists to roam as they please over a greater expanse of the Moon's surfaceBuild confidence in the technology that will springboard Mars explorationInspire a whole new generation of inquisitive thinkers and space discoverersNEXT STOP, MARS!SOURCES:https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis/https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/artemis_plan-20200921.pdfhttps://www.nasa.gov/exploration/whyweexplore/why_we_explore_main.html#.YLoxgHmSlyw