Formula 1 visitors could sit in an electric car of the Artemis lunar mission

NASA and the startup Canoo Technologies, specializing in the development of electric vehicles, surprised the world with an important innovation: a new electric vehicle that will become an important vehicle as part of the Artemis II mission. This historic event is scheduled for next year and will give an impetus to the deep study of the Moon.

An electric vehicle for transporting astronauts to the SLS rocket of the Artemis lunar mission. Photo: NASA

The NASA Space Agency has previously introduced a new electric vehicle. But last week, visitors to the Formula 1 race in Austin, Texas, got a unique opportunity to appreciate its stylish appearance and luxurious interior up close. 

The Artemis II mission plan is to deliver four astronauts to launch Pad 39B of the Kennedy Space Center. The SLS rocket with the Orion spacecraft will be waiting for them there. The joint work between Canoo and NASA is put into ensuring the safety and comfort of astronauts in the preparatory stage before they are sent to the Moon.

Manikin dressed as an astronaut of the Artemis mission in the back seat of an electric car. Photo: NASA

Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA director for the launch of the Artemis launch vehicle, expressed confidence that this cooperation would cause pride and capture the hearts of all who would see these new vehicles.

The astronauts of the Artemis II mission will not land on the Moon. But they would fly past its surface in the same way that the Orion of the Artemis I mission did last year, which allowed the spacecraft to approach the moon at a distance of only 120 km.

This ten-day Artemis II mission is designed to test the capabilities of the Orion spacecraft crew support system. Successful completion of the mission tasks will be an important step for further expeditions and exploration of outer space. 

Thanks to this historic event, new perspectives are opening up that will clear the way for the Artemis III mission. This mission is scheduled for 2025 and aims to land the first woman and the first African-American man on the surface of the Moon, which is defined as an extremely important step in the development of space history.

Earlier we reported on how NASA assembled the spacecraft for the Artemis II mission.

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