NASA will take foreign astronauts on its missions to the moon

The NASA will add foreign astronauts to its expeditions to the moon. For now, it has been confirmed by the US space agency and the White House They plan to include one in the crew of one of their missions later this decade.

Although NASA has already included foreign astronauts in other trips to space, this will be the first time it will take them to the lunar soil. A spokeswoman for the organization explained that details will be known closer to the missions when they land on the moon. For now, he said, there is no commitment with any country.

“We know from experience that cooperation in space brings results”said Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State. He cited the James Webb Space Telescope, a joint project of the United States, Europe and Canada, as an example.

Canadian Jeremy Hansen will be part of the crew of NASA’s Artemis II mission, which will fly around the moon in about a year. It is one of the previous steps of the moon landing programwhich is originally planned for the end of 2025. The goal is to test the capabilities of the NASA Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft.

Artemis III will be the first manned journey to the Moon For more than 50 years, but things are not going as well as expected. Published by the United States Government Accountability Office message this month, in which he notes that it is “unlikely” that Artemis logre will return humans to the moon before 2027. The project has made progress “but still faces challenges,” the agency said.

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In its analysis, NASA noted delays in flight tests, development of the human landing system and space suits. Added to this are possible failures A starship, from SpaceX. The Artemis III lunar lander will be based on a ship developed by Elon Musk’s company that has yet to enter Earth orbit.

Let’s not forget that the first test of the starship in April ended with an explosion unable to separate from the super heavy rocket. While in November Yes, stage separation has been achievedthough once again the flight culminated in a great fireball.

So before NASA can decide which foreign astronaut to invite, it still has to secure its first trip. The Artemis III crew that will enter the Moon has not actually been defined yet. The one that is confirmed is the Artemis II satellite, which will orbit our natural satellite in 2024. It’s a historic teambecause it consists of the first woman to fly to the moon and the first black crew member.

While they deal with all the technical needs, NASA also carries out a careful diplomatic task to gain international support Artemis Accords. This is the agreement that the United States has been pushing since 2020 to set the ground rules for lunar exploration. They also refer to possible missions to Mars, comets and asteroids.

NASA and the United States government have already gotten 32 countries to sign the document. They are on the list Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Germany, among others. But India is the only other space power to join the US plan; Russia and China, with their own plans to travel to the moon, rejected this initiative.

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