NASA is looking ahead to a packed schedule of space exploration as it aims for the moon, Mars and beyond. The space agency released a video preview hyping its plans for the new year, and the moon is the star of the show.. Now that we're officially in 2021,
The NASA 2021 video kicks off with all eyes on the moon and the planned launch of Artemis I.
While the video is full of hope and optimism, the reality is that getting space missions off the ground on time is a challenge. Acited Space Launch System (SLS) rocket delays, scheduling issues, and high costs as obstacles to the agency's stated goal of landing humans on the moon in 2024 through the Artemis program.
The first big test of the SLS and Orion spacecraft is in the works for 2021 with Artemis I, but we'll have to wait and see if the uncrewed mission is able to launch this year after all.
Other NASA goals for 2021 are well on track. Theis all set for a landing on Mars on Feb. 18. If all goes well, it will mark the start of a long-range plan to bring Martian rock samples back to Earth. The much-delayed for an Oct. 31 launch date.
The moon, Mars and James Webb are just a few of the highlights. The full video will take you all the way from the International Space Station to the. If NASA manages to check most of these items off its 2021 to-do list, we'll be in for another epic year in space.
Follow along with NASA and other agencies' exploits all year long with our 2021 space calendar.