Artemis represents the next stage of mankind’s pursuit into the unknown, as NASA continues developing the mission that will bring American astronauts back to the Moon, bringing the first woman to ever set foot on our bright little neighbor, and creating a permanent presence that sets the foundation for follow up missions into deep space and the next historic milestone: Mars.

In 1961, NASA introduced the Apollo Program, aptly named honoring the Greek god of light, the sun, and archery.  The third US human spaceflight program, Apollo achieved historic significance when in 1969 it carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins onto the surface of the Moon for the first time, shaking the very fabric of human civilization.

The Artemis Mission compares to the Apollo Mission, most notably by their namesake. In the ancient Greek tradition, Apollo had a twin sister, her name Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, embodying wilderness and symbolizing the Moon. Like the Apollo Missions, Artemis will reach the lunar surface, along with the first female astronaut to stroll on its surface.

The next lunar landing remains set sometime during 2024, and will utilize the most innovative technologies to explore and examine the Moon in ways never possibly before.  NASA plans to establish sustainable missions by 2028, preparing for the epic voyage to the Red Planet.      

Official Logo for the Artemis Mission. Credit: NASA