What is Artemis?
The primary goal of NASA’s Artemis Program is to return humans to the Moon by 2025, including the first woman and first person of color. NASA will lead an innovative and sustainable exploration program with commercial and international partners to send humans farther into space than ever before and bring new knowledge and opportunities back to Earth.
Among the partners included in NASA’s Artemis Program is SpaceX, the aerospace company selected to build the Human Landing System (HLS) which will land astronauts on the Moon. The Starship Lunar Lander will be one of many variations of the Starship spacecraft being developed and launched at Boca Chica Beach (a.k.a. Starbase) in Brownsville, Texas.
In 2021 the South Texas Astronomical Society was desinated as the NASA Informal Education Community Anchor under NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Through our NASA-sponsored project, “Generation Artemis,” STARS strives to connect the community with the revolutionary developments happening through NASA and SpaceX on the journey to meet the goals of the Artemis Program. With the help of our partners, STARS strives to help our community be part of NASA’s Artemis Program through family-friendly STEM events and by connecting students with opportunities for internships with NASA.
The Artemis mission will solidify the long-term presence of NASA in South Texas. The Apollo Generation witnessed humanity’s first steps on the Moon in 1969. Now, we are the Artemis Generation.
ARTEMIS SUMMER CAMP
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Through a partnership with the Texas Space Grant Consortium and the Center for Space Research at the University of Texas at Austin, 17 high school students from the Rio Grande Valley became NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) interns during the summer of 2022. These students had the opportunity to work directly with NASA subject matter experts and former astronauts on projects related to the Artemis Program and tour the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
The Artemis Team holding their certificates of completion for the 2022 NASA SEES internship
During the SEES 2022 intern program, the Artemis Team developed the design for a future Artemis mission – Artemis VI – and its scientific objectives. Click on the video to watch the Artemis Team’s final presentation featured in the SEES Science Symposium!