March 6, 2020 – NASA’s Orion spacecraft, a critical part of the Artemis I mission, has completed three months of testing at the agency’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. During the testing, the craft was subjected to the extreme temperatures and electromagnetic environment it will experience in its upcoming test mission to the Moon.
Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test around the Moon, the first in a series of progressively more complex missions that ultimately will land the first woman and next man on the lunar South Pole by 2024. NASA will then use what it learns on the Moon to prepare to send astronauts to Mars.
The primary contractor for the Orion spacecraft is Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Littleton, Colorado.