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Artemis: NASA’s moon mission 2024

The Artemis program will land astronauts on the Moon and build a Moon base

An illustration of astronauts building a moon base.

On April 9, 2019, NASA expressed its commitment to a timeline of landing humans on the lunar south pole by 2024. NASA’s lunar exploration plans are based on a two-phased approach: the first is focused on speed – landing astronauts on the Moon in five years – while the second will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028. Source: NASA

An image of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at its spaceport where it will launch.

The new SLS rocket will launch Artemis missions with the Orion spacecraft on top. Source: NASA

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An illustration of the Gateway solar electric propulsion spacecraft.

An illustration of the Gateway. Built with commercial and international partners, the Gateway is critical to sustainable lunar exploration and will serve as a model for future missions to Mars. Source: NASA

A computer-generated image of the Shackleton crater, a bowl-shaped crater that is 21 kilometers wide and 4 km deep.

A visualization of the Shackleton crater. The near (Earth-facing) side of the Moon is to the right. In the false-color elevation on the left, red is higher and blue is lower. Source: NASA

An image of an astronaut wearing a red, white, and blue spacesuit designed to be worn by astronauts exploring the lunar surface.

Kristine Davis, a spacesuit engineer at JSC, wearing a ground prototype of the new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU). Source: NASA/Joel Kowsky


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