The NASA Mission Patch for the Artemis Lunar Program was first published during a dramatic spacewalk earlier this week.
The agency plans to send crews to the lunar surface by 2024 the new logo last month. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Drew Morgan launched the first spacewalk through the Artemis program logo during a spacewalk on August 22, 2019 on Wednesday (August 21). "Class =" expandable lazy-image lazy-image -loading lazyload optional-image "onerror =" this.parentNode.replaceChild (window.missingImage (), this) "sizes =" auto "data-normal =" https://vanilla.futurecdn.net/space/media/img /missing-image.svg "src =" https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/VsNL7ssTtjHoqEfCA7ucie-320-80.jpg "srcset =" https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/VsNL7ssTtjHoqEfCA7ucie -320-80.jpg 320w, https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/VsNL7ssTtjHoqEfCA7ucie-650-80.jpg 650w "data-sizes =" auto "data-original-mos =" https: // cdn .mos.cms.futurecdn.net / VsNL7ssTtjHoqEfCA7ucie.jpg "data-pin-media =" https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/VsNL7ssTtjHoqEfCA7ucie.jpg "/>
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The patch shows A dramatic white "A" floating in the black room over a blue horizon representing the earth. A red ribbon marking the new crew's path to the moon flows from the Earth's horizon to a small white moon near the back of the field.
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"The work being done paves the way for the future," NASA said in a statement . "We will fly to the Moon to stay there until 2024. NASA's Artemis Moon Exploration Program will send the first female and next male to the [the] surface of the Moon within five years, preparing for human exploration of Mars . "  Morgan and Hague took a photo of the patch (with Hague holding it in hand) during their 6-hour and 32-minute spacewalk to install a new International Docking Adapter (IDA) on the International Space Station. The IDA is the second adapter that will allow SpaceX and Boeing commercial vehicles to dock with the space station and use the ports of immigration originally intended for the retired Space Shuttle today.
The new dock will also be used by sightseeing freighters and possibly future private flights to the space station, NASA said. But most urgently, the first commercial vehicles with crew will be deployed, which may arrive at the space station this year, if everything goes according to plan.
The first major mission of the Artemis program is to make an unscrewed loop of the Moon which is not expected to fly earlier than 2020, with test crews later in the 2020s.