The European Space Agency (ESA) has established a new partnership to develop a service module that will carry astronauts on the Moon.
NASA’s Artemis spaceflight program will utilize the module. The lunar mission is scheduled to take place in 2024. Here are the latest details.
NASA’s Upcoming Human Mission to the Moon Under Development
NASA’s next lunar mission will mark the first time that astronauts will reach the Moon’s surface since the Apollo 17 mission. The space agency has a new set of space projects that will be carried as part of the Artemis program. To assure the success of the program, NASA has obtained the help of its partners to manage different aspects of the mission.
NASA signed a contract with the ESA’s aerospace company Airbus to build modules for the Moon. Called as the European Service Module, the spacecraft will be used as the landing vehicle to get astronauts to the Moon.
According to the ESA, building such a module for NASA proves that the agency is a competent contributor to the Artemis program. David Parker, the director of ESA’s Human and Robotic Exploration, stated: “By entering into this agreement, we are again demonstrating that Europe is a strong and reliable partner in Artemis.”
The ESA will work with Airbus for the building of the capsule, which will include more than 20,000 different parts. Then it will be mounted on NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The capsule will have its life-support systems, solar panels, various electrical components, engines, fuel tanks, to ensure that the astronauts will have a comfortable and safe journey to the Moon. For Airbus, such a project will prove the company’s capabilities in the field of aerospace travel.
The European Service Module will allow scientific research, international cooperation, and the development of significant technologies. It will inspire future missions that extend humankind’s presence beyond Low Earth Orbit.