NASA reveals what astronaut training will look like for the 2026 Moon

LMankind will return to the Moon no later than September 2026. This is the promise that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is making with the Artemis III mission, after a one-year delay – which was originally planned for 2025 -, It continues to train its astronauts Developing cutting-edge technology to set foot back on Earth’s only natural satellite.

This will be the task

The challenge of returning to the Moon will not be easy, NASA says in its plan “Artemis III will be one of the most complex engineering and human ingenuity efforts in the history of deep space exploration”While exploring the lunar south polar region.

“Astronaut Observations, Models and The data collected will expand our understanding of our solar system and our home planet, while inspiring the generation of Artemis,” the company adds.

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According to NASA, In about 30 days, the Artemis III astronauts It will travel to lunar orbit, where two crew members will “spend a week near the Moon’s south pole and join their crews for a return trip to Earth before returning to lunar orbit.”

This is how astronauts train to go to the moon

Field testing plays an important role in helping to test all systems,

Last Tuesday, May 14NASA released a statement in which it revealed how they were trained Who are the 4 future astronauts who will return to our space?

The tests were carried out in the suburbs near Flagstaff, Arizona (USA) and lasted for more than a week.

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The desert region was chosen because of its similarities to the lunar landscapeAstronauts Andre Douglas and Kate Rubins went through all sorts of activities to test protocols, equipment and technical devices and potential risks that could be addressed before the day of the mission.

Artemis III training to go to the moon

Photo:NASA/Josh Valcarzel

“Field testing plays an important role in helping us test all the systems, hardware and technology necessary to successfully conduct lunar operations during the Artemis missions,” said Barbara Janoiko, director of the Field Test Department at Johnson.

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The evaluation included four moonwalk simulations and six advanced technology tests that followed the plans for the Artemis III mission.

During these tests, teams Demonstrated usable technology Future Artemis missions include navigational data transfer and display capabilities, or reference lights that could help the crew return to the lander.

NASA crew training to go to the moon in 2026

Photo:NASA/Josh Valcarcel

“During Artemis III, Astronauts will be our scientific operators on the lunar surface They have a whole science team from Earth supporting them,” said Cheri Achilles, science lead for the experiment at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The test assessed the gaps and challenges associated with operations at the lunar south pole, including data collection and communication between the flight control team and the science team for rapid decision-making protocols.

At the end of each simulated moonwalk, the science team, flight control team, crew members and field experts They met to record and discuss lessons learned.

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