Hey, Space Placers!
The Orion spacecraft for NASA’s crewed Artemis II (right), Artemis III (left) and Artemis IV (center) missions are stationed next to each other inside the high bay of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 22, 2023. Each capsule is in a different stage of production as technicians and engineers prepare the spacecraft to carry astronauts to and around the Moon on their upcoming flights.
Image credit: NASA/Marie Reed
These 3 Orion spacecraft are headed to the Moon. Artemis II will be a crewed lunar flyby - the 1st since Apollo 17 in Dec. '72. Artemis III & IV will land on the Moon. Artemis III will land at the South Pole of the Moon in '25 or '26 with Artemis IV later in the decade.
South Korea has a spacecraft in lunar orbit with a NASA instrument onboard and China says it will be landing Taikonauts on the Moon before 2030.
Other countries have plans for the "Eighth Continent" - the Moon - as well.
If we do not destroy ourselves with our stupidity and greed - which seems to be our possible future at the moment worldwide - humanity's future in space could be monumental and civilization changing.
Only time will tell which wins out.
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