We are continuing this very successful 2022 for space exploration with a busy month of August. We will indeed see many launches, including (if all goes well) the launch of NASA’s Artemis I mission, the first phase of the US agency’s project to return to the moon. But August 4th will also be one of the richest launch days in history. Moreover, Korea will also launch its first lunar exploration mission. In short, a pleasant program this month.
Please note that we will update this article every month with the next month’s releases and news, but previous months’ news remains available. And if you think we’ve missed something or there’s a mission you’d really like to see on this list, let us know in the comments.
Aug 29 – NASA launches Artemis I.
This Orion spacecraft will fly as part of NASA’s Artemis I mission without a crew. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith.
The next big step in NASA’s lunar dreams and the main event of August 2022 is Artemis I, an uncrewed flight that aims to test the entry, descent and landing of a module with dummies in preparation for Artemis II, which will carry a full crew. The Artemis I Orion spacecraft will also host several technology demonstrations, including one featuring Amazon Alexa.
The agency originally scheduled a launch date between late May and early June, and placed the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft on the launch pad on March 17 for prelaunch testing. During the socalled dress rehearsal phase, the Artemis team ran into several unexpected obstacles, ranging from faulty valves to real zippers.
NASA recently announced a new date: August 29, but it is possible that the launch will again be postponed to September 2 or 5, the agency said.
August 4 – South Korea’s first lunar mission.
South Korean lunar lander Pathfinder. 1 credit
The space race of the 21st century has a new challenger: South Korea. The Korea Pathfinder lunar orbiter was launched on August 4 from the Kennedy Space Center aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
This is the country’s first lunar exploration mission, and various technologies such as “space internet” will be tested on this orbiter. He will also try to broadcast BTS’s Dynamite track to Earth. But the main goal is to get an image of the surface of the moon and determine potential landing sites for future missions.
August 4 – Blue Origin sends new tourists into space
Also this Thursday, August 4, the New Shepard rocket lifted off from Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launch site in West Texas. This is a tourist flight that will send the first ever Portuguese and Egyptian astronauts into space. But the main star of the trip is Coby Cotton, YouTuber of the Dude Perfect channel.
Finally, in another roster, the United States also launched this Thursday, August 4, a spy satellite from New Zealand and an SBIRS (for Spacebased Infrared System) satellite from Cape Canaveral in Florida to detect possible missiles. early. The latest launch, surprise this one, China is also due to launch a spacecraft this Thursday, making August 4, 2022 one of, if not the busiest day in space exploration history.