Le vol d'essai du SLS et d'Orion aura bien lieu cet été avec un lancement ce 29 août 2022. © Nasa

one of the most powerful rockets ever built goes to the Moon

A return of Man to the Moon has never been so close. This August 29, the huge SLS launcher will propel the Orion capsule for an unmanned trip around the lunar star, a prelude to a manned launch that should allow Earthlings to set foot on the lunar soil around 2026. We invite you to follow this first take-off with us and to come and ask your questions and interact with our guests for an anthology live.

Since december 1972no human has set foot on the Moon. But progress in the fields of aeronautics and space has not stopped, and the scientific, technical and economic landscape has changed a lot today.

Miniaturization, new materials, artificial intelligence… Advances in propulsion, engines, communications and all key areas related to space exploration are such that it is once again becoming conceivable to return men and women more efficiently and safely on the surface of our natural satellite.

To achieve this, the main lines do not change: the most effective is to have an extremely powerful multi-stage launcher, a spacecraft in the form of a capsule placed on its top which returns to Earth by splashing down in the middle of the ocean and a trajectory similar to those calculated for the Apollo missions – the laws of celestial mechanics have not changed for 50 years… But apart from these broad outlines, a much more gigantic number of innovations and novelties have enabled the creation of a launcher, the SLS for Space Launch System, that rivals the power of the mythical Saturn Vand a spaceship at its top (Orion) that promises more reliable, efficient lunar travel for a larger crew.

A three-step program

But all of this is not done in one go. the American program Artemisin which this human return to the Moon takes place, provides for three stages. Three launches which will make it possible to check each element, each module, each data, before the sole of one (or one) astronaut leaves its mark in the lunar regolith.

This year, it is therefore a vessel occupied by three models clad in sensors which will be propelled towards the Moon during a launch scheduled for August 29. The objective for this flight is to put the Orion ship in orbit around our satellite, to check all the parameters, all the procedures and to bring the capsule back to Earth safe and sound.

If this first step is taken successfully, we are already considering a next manned flight, this time around 2024, where the crew will remain cautiously in lunar orbit, and around 2026, if all goes well, a third launch will take again humans set foot on the lunar soil.

The launch of this August 29, 2022 therefore marks a new important stage in astronautics and in the history of humans in space. Don’t miss this historic event and come and experience it with us on the Futura networks, for a live broadcast in the company of prestigious guests.

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