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NASA announced Orion crew capsule mission in celebration of 50th anniversary

After landing to the Moon for the first time in 1969, NASA announced another Moon spaceship landfall during its 50th anniversary on July 21st for June 2020-launch.

It was 1961 when the United States’ current president, John F. Kennedy, wanted humans to land on the moon. Eight years after, in the making, when the president and NASA aimed to do it. The goal is to send two people to the moon and come back to Earth safely. It was then made possible by availing the usage of the Apollo 11 spaceflight, which was five decades ago.

In remembrance of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA, the space agency marked July 21st as the day of confirming the existence of the Orion crew capsule. Like the Apollo 11, this capsule will again bring back astronauts to the Moon missing the 50 long years after the end of the Apollo program.

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The Orion Crew Module Pressure Vessel (Credits: NASA)

The company marked the day announcing that the space unit is ready for its first trip to lunar orbit that will be launched after June 2020.

For its first Moon mission, Orion won’t be carrying any human being. On the other hand, as part of the Artemis 1 mission, it’ll as well fly unmanned, pushed by the new Space Launch System. It will wander the space and spend a total of three weeks including six days of orbiting the Moon. It will then return to Earth after that. Apart from the successful landfall, it’ll execute crucial tests of high-speed re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, regarding its Orion capsule’s thermal shielding efficacy to assure the carriage of the actual crew for Artemis 2 in the year 2022, and delivering astronauts back to the lunar surface with Artemis 3 in 2024.

Lockheed Martin, the NASA contractor, takes the responsibility for the Orion spacecraft’s construction. The combined crew module and service module are on its proper integration and will have to undergo to series of tests before returning to Kennedy Space Center in Florida by the end of the year, to start finalizing its preparations before launch.