The US space agency NASA is once again preparing a mission to land humans on the Moon. Prior to this mission, it has launched a satellite CubeSat the size of a microwave oven. Its full name is Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE). Capstone was launched in late June from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. The purpose of this satellite is to test a new route for future missions to the moon, but the journey of the Capstone satellite remains extremely unusual. Three days ago it was reported that this satellite has successfully liberated from its orbit around the Earth and is heading towards the Moon. That is, the satellite started passing through a new route. After this it was found that the CubeSat mission has lost its communication with Earth. Now NASA said in a statement that mission operators have re-established contact with the Capstone space craft. Other updates will be given soon. It has been said that we have re-established communication with CAPSTONE. The spacecraft is looking happy and healthy.
It flew to the Moon on June 28 aboard the Rocket Lab Electron rocket. On July 4, the spacecraft left Earth orbit and began its journey to the Moon. A day after this, the spacecraft had to face communication problems. However, now everything seems fine. The Capstone spacecraft, weighing just 55 pounds, could reach the Moon in November.
Talking about the Artemis mission, it is one of the most ambitious programs of NASA. Its purpose is to land humans on the Moon for the first time since the 1970s. NASA’s goal is to establish a human presence on the Moon for a long time. Along with this, the Moon has to be converted into a launchpad to go to Mars. Artemis-1 is the first part of this complex series. At the same time, the SLS rocket is going to be the world’s most powerful rocket, which will be able to send the mission forward.
Recently, the US Space Agency said that its teams are also testing key parts of the Artemis mission, which are to be launched after the first two missions. These will be Artemis-3, 4 and 5 missions. The Moon will be explored through the Artemis-1 mission. This spacecraft will travel 280,000 miles from Earth in four to six weeks. However, the launch of the mission has been delayed.