NASA's EV for Artemis moon mission unveiled, a lunar journey
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NASA and Canoo Reveal Lunar Astronaut Transport EV
In a collaborative effort between NASA and electric vehicle startup Canoo Technologies, the next generation of lunar astronauts will be transported to the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center for the upcoming Artemis II mission. NASA had previously unveiled this groundbreaking electric vehicle earlier this year, and recently, it provided a closer look at the vehicle's impressive exterior and luxurious interior to attendees of the Formula 1 race in Austin, Texas.
Heading: Lunar Journey Ahead
Scheduled for November of the following year, three of these innovative electric vehicles will transport the four Artemis II astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center's Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to Launch Pad 39B, located approximately eight miles away. This is where the colossal Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft await their historic journey to space.
Guess what was debuted to the public at the Austin Formula 1 race? One of @NASA's Crew Transportation Vehicles, which will be taking our @NASAArtemis astronauts from crew quarters to Launch Pad 39B for liftoff on future #Artemis missions to the Moon! #F1 #USGP pic.twitter.com/rjSwRzwB2e— NASA's Exploration Ground Systems (@NASAGroundSys) October 22, 2023
NASA's Artemis launch director, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, emphasized the importance of the collaboration between Canoo and NASA representatives. Their focus has been on ensuring the safety and comfort of the astronauts during the journey to the launchpad. The remarkable vehicles are not just a symbol of pride but also an essential component of the upcoming crewed Artemis missions.
Heading: A Lunar Flyby Mission
It's worth noting that the Artemis II astronauts won't actually set foot on the moon's surface during their mission. Instead, they are slated to perform a lunar flyby, mirroring the path of the uncrewed Artemis I test flight that took place last year. During this mission, Artemis I came tantalizingly close to the lunar surface, reaching within just 80 miles.
Close-Up: Detailed views of one of @NASA's Artemis crew transportation vehicles, currently being debuted to the public at the US Grand Prix Formula 1 race in Austin, TX. The vehicles will transport @NASAArtemis astronauts to Launch Pad 39B, the first nine miles in their journey… pic.twitter.com/9pIkjo00OL— NASA's Exploration Ground Systems (@NASAGroundSys) October 22, 2023
Heading: Mission Objectives
The Artemis II mission is set to span over 10 days and will primarily serve to confirm the capabilities of the Orion spacecraft's crew support system. A successful mission will pave the way for Artemis III, a groundbreaking endeavor aiming to make history by landing the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface. This historic mission is currently scheduled for 2025 and represents an inspiring milestone in NASA's lunar exploration program.