Spectacular Space Missions to Look Forward to in 2022


Astronomers ended 2021 on a high with the launch on December 25 of the James Webb Space Telescope, but what else lies in store for space science this year?

NASA’s Artemis program to send human astronauts back to the Moon in 2024 should get underway in 2022. The last astronauts to step foot on the Moon in 1972 made it there on a Saturn V rocket. Now NASA has created a new generation of rockets, the Space Launch System (SLS), which will be tested for the first time in March with the launch of the Artemis 1 mission. This will be a three-week-long, uncrewed test flight of the Orion spacecraft, which will include a flyby 100km above the surface of the Moon.

Mid 2022 will be a busy time for space exploration, as NASA will also launch its Psyche asteroid mission. Psyche, which is orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter, is an M-class asteroid, made of metal, so it’s similar to the core of the Earth.

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