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08/31/2020 – Ephemeris – Artemis, NASAs new program to land men and women on the Moon

August 31, 2020 Comments off

This is Ephemeris for Monday, August 31st. Today the Sun will be up for 13 hours and 15 minutes, setting at 8:20, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:05. The Moon, 2 days before full, will set at 6:10 tomorrow morning.

The Artemis program is the United States follow on, after more than 50 years, to return to the Moon. It’s main rocket, the Space Launch System or SLS uses components of the Space Shuttle that include the main engines, using 4 instead of three, and two longer solid boosters. The Orion capsule sits atop the second stage. Unlike Apollo, the lunar lander will be sent up on a separate rocket into lunar orbit. Eventually there will be a lunar orbiting space station called the Lunar Gateway as a way point. But not for the first attempt. NASA has accepted three bids for commercial landers, Dynetics with a squat lander with drop-tanks. The National team of several companies with an Apollo-like lander on steroids, and SpaceX’s Starship.

The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

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Block 1 Space Launch System with Orion Capsule

Block 1 Space Launch System with Orion Capsule. Credit NASA.

Three Lunar Lander proposals

Three Lunar Lander proposals. Credit Dynetics, SpaceX, and Blue Origin.

12/05/2019 – Ephemeris – Artemis the new Moon program

December 5, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, December 5th. Today the Sun will be up for 8 hours and 58 minutes, setting at 5:02, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:05. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 2:01 tomorrow morning. | NASA has a new program to return to the Moon, perhaps to stay. The program is called Artemis, named after the Greek god Apollo’s twin sister. NASA is building a massive rocket called the Space Launch System, or SLS, and the Orion

, which I’m sure will guarantee European astronauts a ride. This is not going to be an Apollo type one rocket up and back. There will be a space station called the Lunar Gateway of International partners that will orbit the Moon. There the crew of the Orion Spacecraft will transfer to a Lunar Lander for the trip to and from the surface of the Moon. It’s a heavy push to accomplish by 2024.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

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The Block 1b vrsion of the Space Launch System (SLS) which uses elongated Space Shuttle boosters and a core stage with 4 Space Shuttle main engines for the first stage. Credit NASA.

Orion MPC

Cone-shaped Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle with a European Service Module. Credit NASA.

Lunar Gateway

Lunar Gateway supplied by the same partners that built the International Space Station. It will orbit the Moon, Credit NASA.

Lunar Lander

Lunar Lander. This vehicle has not been designed yet. This is Blue Origin’s Ascent Module on top of a yet to be designed propulsion module. Credit Blue Origin.