February 26, 2024

The countdown is working. One yr from now, in November 2024, Jeremy Hansen will develop into the primary Canadian to achieve area: into orbit across the moon. The astronauts of the Artemis II mission, a NASA-led program, are coaching in preparation for this historic mission.

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The Artemis II mission crew consists of three American astronauts and one Canadian astronaut.

Photograph: NASA

Three American astronauts, Christina Koch, Gregory Reid Wiseman and Victor J. Glover, will board the Orion capsule. Artemis II’s fourth passenger and mission specialist will likely be Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen.

That is the primary area mission for the 47-year-old Ontario native, but in addition a serious first for the Canadian Area Company. Whereas many Canadian astronauts have flown aboard area shuttles and stayed on the Worldwide Area Station (ISS), that is truly the primary time a Canadian has traveled this far into area aboard a lunar mission.

Being the second nation on the planet to ship an astronaut into area is one thing particular [dont on peut] be proud.

Nonetheless, it’s no coincidence that Canada obtained such a singular invitation from NASA, a key companion of CSA for many years. From the contribution of Canadian astronauts to the engineers who designed the 2 Canadian weapons important to the Area Shuttle missions and the development of the ISS, the American company has all the time been capable of depend on Canadian experience to assist to assert the conquest of area towards their opponents.

Canada’s position is taken into account distinctive. “We’re the world specialists in area robotics. There isn’t any one who builds robots that work in area like Canada,” explains Charles Tisseyre, host of Découverte.

Jeremy Hansen proudly wears the Canadian flag on his uniform throughout his coaching on the Lyndon B. Johnson Area Middle in Houston, Texas. For now, the astronauts are targeted on testing the assorted flight simulators to check all the pieces earlier than the mission.

“That is the primary time we’ve had folks on this rocket and within the Orion capsule, so we’ll be doing a number of testing,” provides mission specialist Jeremy Hansen. The Canadian astronaut subsequently reminds us that the Artemis II mission is just a primary step in direction of recapturing the moon.

Artemis 2 is simply the subsequent step. Artemis 3, 4, 5: We are going to do extraordinary issues.

Mathieu Caron, director of astronauts on the ASC, remembers that Artemis 2 will lay the muse for future missions.

It’s a brand new program, it’s a brand new rocket, it’s a brand new capsule. So the coaching is beneath growth. Jeremy not solely leads the coaching, but in addition finally contributes to what the coaching will appear to be for Artemis II and the subsequent missions to the moon, explains Mathieu Caron.

Artemis and the Reconquest of the Moon

The SLS rocket on the launch pad.

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The SLS rocket will carry the Artemis II crew to the moon in November 2024.

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After a primary unmanned take a look at flight in 2022, the mission wherein Jeremy Hansen will participate would be the first manned take a look at flight of the Artemis program. This system’s third mission will see astronauts set foot on the moon for the primary time because the finish of the Apollo program in 1972.

NASA then goals to determine a everlasting presence across the moon due to the Gateway lunar area station, impressed by the Worldwide Area Station. Finally, the objective of the Artemis missions is to pave the way in which for human exploration of Mars.

​​The moon is a superb coaching and testing floor to organize for the flight to the planet Mars. – Charles Tisseyre, host of Découverte

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As with a number of NASA applications, Canada performs a necessary position on this new part of area exploration. Ontario-based MDA will construct a 3rd Canadian arm that will likely be put in on the Gateway lunar area station. The clever robotic arm, which is 8.5 meters lengthy, will be capable to function utterly autonomously and with out human intervention.

A robotic arm in space.

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The Canadian Arm 3, which will likely be put in on the Gateway Station, is impressed by the Arm 3 already put in on the Worldwide Area Station.

Photograph: Alberto Bertolin, Bradley Reynolds

One other Ontario firm, Canadensys Aerospace Company, is liable for growing Canada’s first rover to discover the moon. Because of industrial and tutorial companions throughout the nation, the Canadian rover will contribute to the seek for water ice, a key ingredient of area exploration.

Jeremy Hansen and his son Devon pilot a Canadian lunar rover prototype.

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Robotics is one among Canadians’ areas of experience.

Photograph: ASC

One yr earlier than the scheduled launch of the Artemis II mission, Jeremy Hansen stays grounded, making quite a few appearances in faculties and within the media to tell and encourage future generations.

His message additionally resonates along with his personal youngsters: They perceive the necessity to intention large and they’re pleased with Canada, and that’s vital to me, he provides.

Artemis II will launch from Kennedy Area Middle in Florida in November 2024 and can carry 4 astronauts, together with a Canadian, with their eyes set on the subsequent stage of area conquest.