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Artemis 1 Mission:
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NASA said Artemis I will be the first in a series of complex missions to expand humanity’s understanding of the Moon. It was the first integrated test flight of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the Orion spacecraft, and their associated ground systems. During the six-week mission, the SLS will test the capabilities and performance of the rocket and the Orion spacecraft.
If you want to watch the launch of this spacecraft, you can watch it today at 6:03 PM IST on NASA’s official website, NASA’s YouTube and social media pages. Otherwise you can see the video link below.
The payload on the Orion capsule will contain three test dummies. A dummy in an orange flight suit sits in the commander’s seat with vibration and acceleration sensors. Two other dummies made of materials that mimic human tissue will also be shipped.
These will measure the cosmic radiation from the human body that travels to the moon. This is potentially one of the greatest dangers of space travel. Among these, an Israeli defense suit is also being sent for testing.
In addition to the three dummies, the Orion spacecraft will launch ten small satellites into space once it approaches the Moon. These satellites were installed on the rocket a year ago.
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The Orion spacecraft will carry some silver particles from lunar rocks collected by Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969 and a bolt from a rocket found in the ocean a decade earlier.
Orion will also carry Biological Experiment-01, which includes experiments on seeds, fungi, yeast and algae. It also has an on-board voice recognition system developed in collaboration with Amazon, Cisco and Lockheed Martin.
The plane also carries thousands of other objects from Earth to space. These include seeds buried on the moon, pebbles taken from the Dead Sea, mission patches, stickers, USB drives and national flags, some Legos and even a Snoopy toy.