NASA has announced that The Artemis I Orion spacecraft has arrived at the agency´s Plum Brook Station for in-space environmental testing in preparation for Artemis I, the agency said.
This four-month test campaign will subject the spacecraft, consisting of its crew module and European-built service module, to the vacuum, extreme temperatures and electromagnetic environment it will experience during the three-week journey around the Moon and back. The goal of testing is to confirm the spacecraft´s components and systems work properly under in-space conditions, while gathering data to ensure the spacecraft is fit for all subsequent Artemis missions to the Moon and beyond.
This is the final step before the spacecraft is ready to be joined with the Space Launch System rocket for this first test flight in 2020. The team at Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio has been upgrading the Space Environments Complex to prepare for this test.
Artemis I is an uncrewed test flight around the Moon, the first in a series of progressively more complex missions that will land the first woman and next man on the lunar surface by 2024. NASA will then use what it learns on the Moon to prepare to send humans to Mars.