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USA Sends Artemis 1 to the Moon: Who’s Leading NASA in Space


At the launch site for Artemis 1: This NASA rocket with the Orion space capsule on its tip is intended to pave the way for a manned moon mission.

On July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Buzz Aldrin (92) became the first humans to set foot on the moon. The last manned landing on the moon was in December 1972. 50 years later Now an attempt is being made again for the first time to bring people to the moon. Space travel has changed compared to the pioneering days: while the USA and the former Soviet Union were the main players in the arms race, countries like China and India are now gaining in importance. In addition, people – especially Tesla founder Elon Musk, 51, and his company, SpaceX – are playing an increasingly important role.

With the Artemis program, the US space agency NASA plans to make another manned landing on the moon between 2026 and 2028. Last Monday, the first stage launch was scheduled from the US space port of Cape Canaveral. But due to technical problems, the launch was postponed.