An exciting year 2024 awaits us, NASA video

It’s been a busy 12 months for NASA, including some major events for the space agency the first ever return of asteroid material, launch of the Psyche spacecraft explore a metallic asteroid and continued incredible work the James Webb Space Telescope.

Now, in a new video released by NASA on Wednesday, the space agency looks ahead to what promises to be an even more exciting year in 2024.

Certainly the most anticipated mission of 2024 will be the Artemis II flight which will send four astronauts on a flyby of the moon, coming within just 80 miles of its surface.

The Artemis II mission, currently scheduled for November, will follow the same path as the uncrewed Artemis I mission, which tested NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft.

NASA will stay on the moon and send VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) to the lunar surface in 2024. The rover will be about the size of a golf cart. explore the south pole of the moon for lunar water ice, a vital resource for crews to visit later, and which could also be turned into fuel to propel rockets from the lunar surface to distant planets. The VIPER mission was supposed to launch this year, but NASA decided to delay it to conduct further tests of the spacecraft’s landing system.

The space agency is planning a launch the Europa Clipper missionwhich will explore one of Jupiter’s largest moons, Europa, to see if its ocean could be a suitable environment for alien life.

NASA is also keen to see SpaceX succeed with the first orbital flight of Starship, the most powerful space flight system ever, which could carry the first humans to Mars in a mission likely in the 2030s. The starship, which consists of a Super Heavy booster first stage and a Starship spaceship second stage, had two test flights this year, but both failed to reach orbit. A third test is expected to take place in the coming months.

For the whole next year, James Webb Space Telescope will continue its groundbreaking exploration of deep space and new crews will arrive International Space Station to continue scientific studies in microgravity conditions about 250 miles above Earth.

Finally, NASA emphasizes that earthlings in North America, Canada and Mexico will be able to marvel at the amazing sight of a total solar eclipse, which will take place on April 8.

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