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From the moon to Mars, Artemis ushers in a new era in space exploration

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14min 35sec
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NASA’s Space Launch System rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Lockheed Martin Space, based in Colorado, is one of the major aerospace contractors for NASA’s Artemis missions. Hundreds of engineers worked out of the company’s facilities around Denver on the Orion spacecraft.

America is set to enter a new space age Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. For the first time in 50 years, the U.S. is reaching for the moon. The Artemis mission is just a start – eventually, NASA’s goal is to build a moon base that will serve as a waystation to Mars. Colorado’s Lockheed Martin built the Orion spacecraft that’s at the heart of the mission. Engineering manager Heather McKay has worked on the project for more than a decade.