NASA to Host Briefings to Preview Artemis I Moon Mission


Image: A brilliant blue sky serves as a backdrop for the Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft atop the mobile launcher at Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 30, 2022. Credits: NASA.

NASA will host a pair of briefings on Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Friday, Aug. 5, to preview the upcoming Artemis I lunar mission. The agency is currently targeting no earlier than Monday, Aug. 29, for the launch of the Space Launch System rocket to send the Orion spacecraft around the Moon and back to Earth. The mission will take place over the course of about six weeks to check out systems before crew fly aboard on Artemis II.

The first briefing will provide an overview of the Artemis I mission, and the second briefing will dive deeper into the Artemis I mission timeline and spacecraft operations. Both briefings will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, the agency’s website.

Briefing participants include (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, Aug. 3

  • 11 a.m. – Artemis I mission overview briefing with the following participants:
  • NASA Administrator Bill Nelson
  • Bhavya Lal, associate administrator for technology, policy, and strategy, NASA Headquarters
  • Mike Sarafin, Artemis I mission manager, NASA Headquarters
  • Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis I launch director, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida
  • John Honeycutt, Space Launch System program manager, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Howard Hu, Orion program manager, NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston

Friday, Aug. 5

11:30 a.m. – Artemis I detailed mission briefing with the following participants:

  • Debbie Korth, Orion program deputy manager, NASA Johnson
  • Rick LaBrode, lead Artemis I flight director, NASA Johnson
  • Judd Frieling, Artemis I ascent/entry flight director, NASA Johnson
  • Melissa Jones, Artemis I recovery director, NASA Kennedy
  • Reid Wiseman, chief astronaut, NASA Johnson
  • Philippe Deloo, Orion European Service Module program manager, ESA (European Space Agency)

Along with the briefings, NASA will host an Artemis I media day at Johnson Friday, Aug. 5, to showcase Artemis I mission hardware and offer interviews. Media attending will get an in-person look at development mockups, design simulators, flight control operations, and hardware in development for lunar exploration.

Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test, the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to the Moon.

Through Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon, paving the way for a long-term lunar presence and serving as a steppingstone to send astronauts to Mars.


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