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NASA finally comes to unveil, Gateway mission's logo. LOP-G, Artemis Project


          NASA is working with its partners to design and develop a small spaceship that will orbit the Moon called the Gateway. This spaceship will be a temporary home and office for astronauts, just about a five-day, 250,000-mile commute from Earth, NASA unveiled the logo of the Gateway mission, The oval-shaped emblem is completed with the word "Gateway" stylized in white, except for the first "A," which is highlighted in red, signifying the Gateway's role in the Artemisprogram. The new logo represents the Gateway's near rectilinear halo orbit above the grey horizon of the moon with a white arch similar in appearance to the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. From within the arch, a path extends out to a red orb.

NASA's Next Space Station LOP-G | was the Deep Space Gateway

"The red pathway inside the arch signifies Gateway's role in forging a path from the moon to Mars," described Cauligi, "with the moon as a testbed for Mars and providing an opportunity to demonstrate new technologies necessary for crewed Mars missions. The other end of the pathway shows Mars in red, remaining a horizon goal."
Six white stars dotting the logo's dark blue background symbolize the six Apollo missions that were the first to land humans on the moon between July 1969 and December 1972.

This is the LOP-G, our future infinite passade home seen on the moon. Talking with scientists and engineers, NASA believes the Gateway will be the key to a new era of lunar exploration – both in orbit and on the surface of the Moon. One the most unique things about the Gateway is NASA can move it to other orbits around the Moon to do more science in new locations. The acceleration of this program in 2019 resulted in an additional allocation of $ 1.6 billion to NASA's budget.

          The Artemis program is an inhabited space program of NASA, the US space agency, whose goal is to bring a crew to lunar soil by 2024, Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway or LOP-G, formerly Deep Space Gateway, is a lunar-orbital orbital station project proposed by NASA in 2017 to conduct flights inhabited to the cislunary space

The name Artemis comes from that of the goddess Artemis of Greek mythology, the sister of Apollo. This is to show that this program is the successor of the Apolloprogram, which took place in the 1960-1970s.
The agency wants to use the Gateway as a science platform to look back at the Earth, observe the Sun, and get unobstructed views of the vast universe. By studying the geology of the Earth, the Moon, and Mars – the three planetary bodies we know the most about – and the ways in which they are similar and different from each other, we can learn important things about how planets and planetary systems form.

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NASA has already started working on the Gateway ! The first major part will provide power and propulsion for the spaceship, and is targeted to launch on a private rocket in 2022. After it reaches orbit, and test-drives its power and communications, NASA will launch four astronauts on an SLS and Orion mission carrying two new sections that will add a small living space and initial science and operational capabilities,Each year after that, astronauts will travel to the Gateway with new parts until it is fully assembled, currently targeted for 2026.

The Gateway will be our home base for astronaut expeditions on the Moon, and future human missions to Mars. Even before our first trip to Mars, astronauts will use the Gateway to train for life far away from Earth, and we will use it to practice moving a spaceship in different orbits in deep space.
The Gateway will have living quarters, laboratories for science and research, docking ports for visiting spacecraft, and more. It will provide NASA and its partners access to more of the lunar surface than ever before, supporting both human and robotic missions.

Technical characteristics

         The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway Lunar Station will be placed in a rectilinear orbit around the Moon (Halo Orbit). Its various components must be launched via the Space Launch System's heavy space launcher, or Russian Proton launchers, Angara. The station will be serviced by the Orion spacecraft of NASA and ESA and later by the Russian Federatsia. Freight transport can be carried out using cargo ships derived from Japanese HTV or Northrop Grumman's American Cygnus.

Elements of the lunar space station

           The Gateway Power / Propulsion Module (LOP-G EPP) will be used to generate electricity around the space station. It will be sent in 2022 by a commercial launcher. The energy and propulsion systems for Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway will have a mass of between 8 and 9 tons and will be able to produce 40 kW of solarelectricity. The 12 kW ionic propellants will provide maneuverability and can be supported by chemical propulsion

TheCislunar Habitation Module (I-HAB) will be used for long-stay housing aboard the space station. It will be sent in 2023 during the mission Artemis 213. This module is in design (phase A / B1) in parallel by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space.

ESPRIT (European System Providing Refueling, Infrastructure and Telecommunications) will allow the storage of propellants, propulsion and telecommunications and could include an airlock. It will be launched with PPE. As for i-HAB, the European Space Agency has launched two studies (phase A / B1) in parallel with Airbus14 and Thales Alenia Space15.

The Gateway Logistics Module will be used for experiments and logistics aboard the space station. The equipment includes a robotic arm. He will be sent during the Artemis 313 mission.

Gateway Airlock Module will be used for EVA. It could be provided by Russia17. He will be sent during the Artemis 413 mission,Additional habitats could be developed by Japan or Russia.

The European Space Agency could propose the standardized mooring port it is currently developing With the British company QinetiQ. This standard (International Docking System Standard) (IDSS) should also be adopted by Russia and the private sector, suggesting that it would become an international standard. The Canadian Space Agency wants to test a solar sail aboard the outpost18.

Spacecraft design will be completed during the base period, after which the exercise of options will provide for the development, launch, and in-space flight demonstration. The flight demonstration will last as long as one year, during which the spacecraft will be fully owned and operated by Maxar. Following a successful demonstration, NASA will have the option to acquire the spacecraft for use as the first element of the Gateway. NASA is targeting launch of the power and propulsion element on a commercial rocket in late 2022.

NASA will work with U.S. companies to build a small living and working area for the Gateway called a habitation module. The addition will leverage years of research and demonstrations under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships. Discussions are also ongoing with international partners to provide expanded living space, advanced robotics, transportation, and science capabilities. And  send up large parts of the Gateway on multiple rockets for automatic assembly in space. Some parts may be sent on private rockets, but NASA’s SLS rocket will deliver most. Orion will push them the hundreds of thousands of miles to Gateway.

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NASA is also working with experts around the globe to develop standards that will make it possible for anyone to create an experiment or spacecraft parts that will operate seamlessly aboard the state-of-the-art lunar outpost.

“The power and propulsion element is the foundation of Gateway and a fine example of how partnerships with U.S. companies can help expedite NASA’s return to the Moon with the first woman and next man by 2024,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “It will be the key component upon which we will build our lunar Gateway outpost, the cornerstone of NASA’s sustainable and reusable Artemis exploration architecture on and around the Moon.”

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Charged with returning to the Moon within five years, NASA’s lunar exploration plans are based on a two-phase approach: the first is focused on speed – landing on the Moon by 2024 – while the second will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028. We then will use what we learn on the Moon to prepare to send astronauts to Mars.

The first logistics service to the orbital outpost is expected to deliver science, cargo and other supplies in support of the agency’s new Artemis lunar exploration program, which includes sending the first woman and the next man to the surface of the Moon by 2024.

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We will talk about the details of the Artemis program, its progress, and the instruments that guarantee the program.

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(Image credits: NASA)

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