The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced they will be broadcasting the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC). As a result, NASA also stated they will be discussing details of the cutting-edge Artemis program. This will include their plans of “sending American astronauts to the surface of the Moon in 2024 and establishing a sustainable lunar presence by the end of the decade.”
The IAC will air Monday, Oct. 12, through Wednesday, Oct. 14. Furthermore, this will include, “international cooperation for the agency’s lunar exploration plans.”
History in the making
The agenda lists nearly 3 hours of discussion for the Artemis program. The first day of the congress is listed to be mostly opening remarks from various important figures. Among these speakers, includes Jim Bridenstine, the NASA Administrator. The second day will focus more on Artemis, and international cooperation in the endeavor. Finally, the last day will discuss the international goal of reaching Mars. As well as an astronaut interview panel, featuring NASA astronaut, Ricky Arnold.
The panels can be viewed on NASA TV, and various channels around the world. The digital aspect of the congress is a result of the coronavirus, but NASA is log accustomed to communicating remotely.
There was no indication as to what role the US Space Force will play in upcoming space missions. However, the newest branch will all but certainly play a very important role. We are not exactly sure what role, but hopefully, they require a few space Marines.
Commander Eugene Cernan was the last man to set foot on the Moon. This occurred during the Apollo 17 mission, in 1972. The Artemis program would mark the return of the stars and bars to the lunar surface. Although, other countries have sent probes moon. As a result, China begrudgingly admitted they 3rd partied verified the lunar landings. Additionally, this has also been verified by Russia, Japan, and India. So haters can suck it.
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