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NASA gets ready for Artemis 1 launch 50 years after humans last walked the moon

The moon is ready to get NASA’s biggest step back in 50 years.

The organisation is just a few weeks away from launching Artemis I, an unmanned mission that will serve as a test flight for the Orion crew capsule and the new space launch rocket system. The most potent rocket in the world and the vehicle that will eventually take humans back to the moon and Mars.

This week, NASA organised several media events, including a visit to the Johnson Space Centre in Houston on Friday, to start advertising the impending launch.

In a three-week mission, Orion will go 280,000 miles (nearly 4,50,000 km) from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the moon. It will gather data during that time as mission commanders evaluate the spacecraft’s performance to prepare the stage for Artemis II when a crewed spacecraft will orbit the moon. Artemis III will finally launch men to the moon in 2024.

Iyer is working with the Orbit Carry System (SLS), a part of the Artemis I that will launch Orion into space, as the launch integrated product team lead for Boeing. The SLS’s core stage arrived at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in late April. She has been associated with SLS for the past two years.

In 1992, Iyer graduated from VLB Janakiammal College as one of the school’s first female mechanical engineers. “I graduated from my college’s fourth graduating class with a mechanical engineering degree, making me one of the first women to do so. I was the only woman in my cohort when I was placed. For “safety,” I was told to find another woman. I needed to persuade a buddy,” the woman claimed.


She is currently in charge of a diversified group of mechanical and electrical engineers. Engineers who have worked on the human space exploration program for 30 to 40 years, starting with the shuttle era, are involved with the SLS launch. There are beginner engineers. I also enjoy guiding women and individuals from many nations, she added.

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