Former senator and current NASA administrator Bill Nelson announced that his organisation intends to visit Mars by the end of 2030. At a news conference following the splashdown, Senator Nelson expressed optimism about NASA’s successful Artemis 1 mission and revealed information about SpaceX’s Starship lunar lander.
Project Orion outperformed expectations throughout its trip to the Moon and back, according to NASA engineers. Solar panels used to power the spacecraft produced more energy than was anticipated. In order to test the vehicle further and learn more about its capabilities for future flights, NASA assigned extensive test objectives to the mission. The next Artemis mission will have a crew, and NASA will modify the spacecraft in addition to using the data for the subsequent trip.
The crew will be able to monitor and manage the spaceship thanks to these modifications, which will affect hand controls, the life support system, and displays. Nevertheless, the crew spacecraft will make use of a number of the parts from the ship that just landed today. These consist of GPS receivers, control panels, and antennas.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson disclosed that his organisation wants to send people to Mars by the end of 2030 following today’s landing:
The goal to going to Mars was first announced by President Obama. And it was thought at the time, that it would be about 2033. But that was a dozen years ago. And now, a more realistic goal is the end of the decade of the 2030s. But a lot of this will depend on new technologies, the ability to sustain humans for a long period of time all the way. Part of that is going to be how fast can we get to Mars with a crew.”
Additionally, Administrator Nelson provided vital information regarding SpaceX’s Starship lunar lander. As part of the Artemis mission, NASA has so far only selected this one vehicle to carry people to the Moon. He spoke on Starship’s development and disclosed:
I ask the question all the time of Jim Free, is the Starship meeting each of the benchmarks, the time schedules, and the answer comes back to me and Yes, and in some cases, exceeding. I have been down to Boca Chica. It is a sight to behold. How they are putting those Starships together and then the big booster.
Their plan is to do an uncrewed landing in 23, late 23, that’s a year from now! And then to do the crewed landing in late 24. So slips are always possible because, it’s a brand new system, but they have been quite impressive in what they have done with other systems.”
In order to make a final determination about Orion’s performance, NASA will now review data from the spacecraft during the ensuing few months. It intends to choose the Artemis II crew early in 2023.