Luna, the launch of the Artemis 1 is controversial. An impressive cost

We’re almost there: another three hours and the Artemis 1 will leave Cape Canaveral for the moon. This is the second mission after that of 1969, but the controversies are already beginning.

Artemis 1 on the launch pad (Instagram)

At 2:33 p.m. today, August 29, 2022, man’s new adventure on the Moon will officially begin. A historic event, which can be seen live on the NASA website. This is the new landing attempt after the historic one in 1969.

The space mission left Kennedy Space Center on July 16 of that year, with a crew, that of Apollo 11, made up of three members: Commander Neil Armstrong and the two pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. On July 21, at 2:56 a.m., the commander took his first steps on the lunar surface, exclaiming the phrase that will go down in history: “One small step for man, one giant leap for humanity”.

Artemis 1 is the first of three planned phases, which will end in 2025 with the launch of Artemis 3, when another man and the world’s first woman will return to walk on the Moon. In the meantime, our Samantha Cristoforetti hopes to be selected for the second launch, which should begin in 2024.

NASA’s goal is to ensure that astronauts can return to the celestial planet continuously, even stopping for much longer periods. however, the controversy mounts for the exorbitant costs of the operation.

Artemis 1: there is controversy over the stratospheric costs of the launch

Already last March, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin declared the costs associated with each launch as “unsustainable”. In fact, Artemis operates the carrier rocket (the one that “drags” it beyond the stratosphere) Space Launch System (SLS) and the real shuttle Orion.

According to the specialist’s estimates, around 4.1 billion dollars will be spent on each launch, which also includes a European contribution of 300 million. A frightening figure, considering that the Artemis mission plans three launches by 2025, the date of landing.

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But in reality, the estimates are much higher, given that according to Martin, by 2025 NASA will have spent a total, taking into account the start of work in 2012, of $93 billion over 13 years.

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