Hardware news At NASA, France also wants to step on the Moon
This is a small step for man, but perhaps a big step for France. On the evening of Tuesday June 7 to Wednesday June 8, the French space agency finally signed agreements with Artemis, the program is linked to future activities in space around the Moon, where a landing on the moon is planned “around 2025” (with Thomas Pesquet?), more than 50 years after the last Apollo 17 mission.
France has joined NASA and the Artemis program to recapture the Moon
Announced in 2017 at the urging of U.S. President Donald Trump, the Artemis program plans to send astronauts to the Moon again in the near future because the first landing on the moon is scheduled “around 2025” or in about three years .
So France is the twentieth country to sign this agreement after Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom, to name a few.
Hello astropoliticians of lunar exploration!
That night, the president of @CNES Philippe Baptiste in the United States signed our compliance agreements #Artemisassociated with lunar and martian exploration, asteroids and comets.
France is the 20th country to sign. pic.twitter.com/I0H3PM1onv
– E. Bottlaender (@Bottlaeric) June 8, 2022
The Artemis program clearly consists not only of sending new astronauts to put their tiny feet on the Moon, but in general set up a permanent structure in space to eventually get a little closer to Marsthe object of all the desires of private companies like SpaceX or Blue Origin, the companies loved by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
Benefiting from a budget of more than 35 billion dollars (~ 32.6 billion euros), the Artemis program should really get to the heart of the matter this year with the launch of a first unmanned flight, Artemis 1, which will target to test new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket in real conditions. According to our colleagues from
the idea is:
Successful re -entry at very high speed (about 40,000 km/h) into the Earth’s atmosphere and landed in the Pacific.
The Artemis-2 mission should be the first mission to ride astronauts while the Artemis-3, which won’t take place before 2025, should be the one that will allow new men (and women?) To tread on the Moon, more in the fifty years after Neil Armstrong
More than 50 years after Neil Armstrong, can a Frenchman really step on the Moon?
Although the European Space Agency has participated in the Artemis project from the beginning, by providing NASA with the Orion exploration vessel in particular, France has not yet fully joined the project, it has already done so since last night. .
The agreement, signed by all twenty member countries, was built on the 1967 international treaty that governs the galaxy and provides a range of bilateral agreements with the United States. Philipe Baptiste, President of the National Center for Space Studies (CNES):
For our scientific community and our industry, this new framework will make it possible to face new challenges and continue to be counted among the major powers in the galaxy.
So far, only 12 men (Americans only) have stepped on the Moon, the first being Neil Armstrong on July 21, 1969 and the last Harrison Schmitt on December 14, 1972. And no more.
The goal of NASA and the Artemis-3 mission, if all goes according to plan, is to send the first woman in history to the Moon, as for other places, in this new agreement, we can’t stop a bit excessive chauvinism. and hopes, why not, to see our national hero Thomas Pesquet among the lovers, he who has always declared that “his dream is to go to the Moon”.
In conjunction with this long -awaited landing on the moon, the Artemis program also plans to build a new galaxy station, the Lunar Gateway, which should be assembled into orbit from 2024. The goal is to have a permanent and sustained human presence and serve as a launching pad for longer missions.