On NASA’s Artemis Schedule →

Over at Ars Technica, Eric Berger has an article outlining the space agency’s internal plans for future moon missions:

The Artemis I mission should launch later this year, testing NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and boosting the Orion spacecraft into lunar orbit. The second mission, Artemis II, will more or less be a repeat, only with four humans on board Orion. Then comes the big test, Artemis III, which will send two humans to the Moon and back during the middle of this decade.

Beyond these missions, however, NASA has been vague about the timing of future Artemis missions to the Moon, even as some members of Congress have pressed for more details. Now, we may know why. Ars Technica has obtained internal planning documents from the space agency showing an Artemis mission schedule and manifest for now through fiscal year 2034.

If you have followed along for a while now, the theme of delays and cost overruns won’t be new, but seeing this schedule certainly highlights some of the issues with this program.