NASA will struggle to do better than 2022, a year marked by the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, a smoothly run Artemis I lunar mission, or an asteroid impact from the Dart mission. What can we expect in 2023? NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announces the program in the video below.
This year will mark a turning point in preparations for the Artemis II mission, which will be the first manned flight to the Moon since the Apollo missions. NASA will present the crew of astronauts selected for placement in the Orion capsule. We must also find prototype suits for future Artemis missions.
In 2023, as part of the Osiris-Rex mission, samples from the asteroid Bennu should return. NASA also hopes to launch the delayed Psyche mission to explore the metal-rich asteroid.
Boeing Starliner’s first manned flight
Boeing is due to send astronauts to the International Space Station aboard its Starliner capsule this year in hopes of catching up with SpaceX, which links flights with Crew Dragon.
Less impressive but no less important are climate-related projects, including the launch of the Tempo pollution monitoring satellite and NASA’s proposed Earth Information Center to share weather, land, water and climate data.
In parallel, the space agency is working on the X-59 supersonic aircraft and the X-57 all-electric aircraft, with which it hopes to revolutionize air travel. Finally, we can also look forward to new images and James-Webb discoveries throughout the year.