NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission finishes countdown test

NASA’s first moonbound mission for the Artemis program is in final testing. The team executed its second launch countdown sequencing test Monday (Jan. 24), with no major issues reported, according to an agency blog post. “The test demonstrated the ground launch software and ground launch sequencer, which checks the health and status of the rocket … Read more

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission readies for ‘wet dress rehearsal’

The first moonbound rocket and spacecraft of NASA’s Artemis program are expected to do a “wet dress rehearsal” on the launch pad in February, the agency said. Engineers on the mission, expected to launch later this year, put the mission hardware through a series of checks to make sure they’re ready for the milestone, which … Read more

Artemis 1: Going back to the moon

The Artemis 1 mission will soon let human voice bellow from the lunar surface. 2022 marks half a century since the Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan left the last footprints on the moon in 1972 and a lot has changed since then.  That year the first scientific hand-held calculator was released; today we carry more computing … Read more

‘Alexa, take me to the moon’: Amazon, Cisco Webex to fly on Artemis 1

Amazon’s Alexa has a new feature: it can fly you to the moon. The virtual assistant, which is more commonly used (on Earth) to control devices around your home, is set to launch on a journey around the moon aboard NASA’s Artemis 1 mission later this year. Together with Cisco’s Webex video conferencing platform, Alexa … Read more

Lego to launch NASA-inspired moon sets in time for Artemis I launch

Lego is launching a new series of building toys themed around NASA’s Artemis program just in time to coincide with the first mission. The toy company recently revealed the first two of its NASA-inspired Lego City Space sets with hints of more to come. The new Rocket Launch Center and Lunar Research Base are scheduled … Read more

Whiskey bottled for 2022 moon milestones: NASA’s Artemis I and Apollo 17

An online spirits merchant is commemorating the past and future of NASA missions to the moon with limited scotch whisky offerings for 2022. Scotland-based The Whisky Barrel is marking the new year with the release of the first bottling of its Artemis whisky series commemorating the upcoming first flight of NASA’s new lunar program. The … Read more

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission slips to spring 2022 after engine issue

Rocket woes have again delayed NASA’s return to the moon. The agency is now targeting a launch in March or April 2022 for its Artemis 1 flight, an uncrewed mission around the moon and the first flight of its massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. NASA was previously targeting Feb. 12, 2022, for the flight, … Read more