NASA Astronauts Stephanie Wilson, Jonny Kim, and Randy Bresnik take a look at the Orion space simulator that recently arrived at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The simulator offers astronauts, engineers and air traffic controllers the opportunity to train and practice scenarios during Artemis missions to the moon. The interior of the simulator will be equipped with Orion’s display and control system and crew seats to mimic what the astronaut will experience as it lifts off into the lunar environment and on its way back to Earth.
Kim and Wilson are among the 18 astronauts recently appointed to the Artemis team of astronauts eligible for Artemis missions to the moon. Bresnik is currently the assistant to the chief of the astronauts bureau for exploration. NASA is aiming for Artemis II, the first crewed mission, in 2023. The Orion spacecraft is scheduled to launch on the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. The mission will send astronauts around the moon and return them to Earth, a flight that sets the stage for the first woman and next man to set foot on the moon in 2024.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft was built to take people further than ever before. Orion will serve as a reconnaissance vehicle transporting the crew into space, providing emergency abort capabilities, assisting the crew during spaceflight, and enabling safe re-entry from return speeds in space. Orion will launch with NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.