How Does the Artemis Program Work?

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Show Notes: Found In Space - Episode: "How Does the Artemis Program Work?"


  • Podcast: Found In Space - Science Podcast for Kids and Teens
  • Episode Title: How Does the Artemis Program Work?
  • Host: Arwen Hubbard
  • Release Date: August 28, 2023

Episode Summary: Host Arwen delves into the exciting Artemis program, NASA's initiative to return humans to the Moon and establish a sustainable presence there. She explains the concept of space programs, highlights the significance of Artemis, and breaks down the program's goals, missions, and potential impact on space exploration. The episode also discusses the Apollo program and other key details related to Artemis.

1. Introduction to Space Programs and Apollo:

  • Definition of a space program as a large-scale project with specific goals and missions.
  • Mention of the iconic Apollo program, which landed humans on the Moon in the 1960s and 70s.
  • Discussion of the Apollo program's achievements in sending missions to the Moon and safely bringing back astronauts.

2. The Artemis Program and Its Goals:

  • Introduction to the Artemis program as NASA's new initiative for Moon exploration.
  • Explanation of the program's objective: returning humans to the Moon and establishing a sustainable presence.
  • Comparison of Apollo's lunar visits to Artemis' plans for moon bases and long-term presence.

3. The Lunar Gateway and Its Significance:

  • Introduction to the Lunar Gateway, a space station planned to orbit the Moon.
  • Comparison with the International Space Station (ISS) and the decommissioning timeline for ISS.
  • Highlighting the Lunar Gateway's potential for human habitation, research, and exploration.

4. Artemis Missions and Their Progress:

  • Explanation of the Artemis missions and their sequence.
  • Description of Artemis I as an uncrewed mission around the Moon, testing the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule.
  • Discussion of cubesats deployed during Artemis I and their role in various experiments.
  • Preview of Artemis II, a crewed mission to orbit the Moon with diverse crew members.

5. Artemis III and Beyond:

  • Anticipation for Artemis III, the mission aiming to land humans on the Moon's surface.
  • Reflection on the historic nature of Artemis III and its potential for setting up lunar bases.
  • Personal excitement for future exploration missions to Mars, Venus, and beyond.

Closing Remarks:

  • Gratitude for the question and exploration of the Artemis program.
  • Encouragement for listeners to send in questions and topics for further discussions.
  • Farewell message, wishing listeners a passion for space exploration and curiosity.

Stay Curious! To contribute questions or topics, please use the provided email address in the description.

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