06-10-2021 10:30 AM CEST

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The European Space Agency is playing a vital role in humankind’s return to the Moon. In a few months NASA will launch Artemis 1 from the Kennedy Space Center. The uncrewed mission will carry NASA’s Orion spacecraft incorporating ESA’s European Service Module (ESM-1), built and tested by Airbus Bremen, in Germany, with the help of 10 European nations. ESM-1’s main engine and 32 thrusters will propel Orion into orbit around the Moon and return it to Earth.

As Artemis 1 prepares for launch, the second European Service Module (ESM-2) is about to ship to the US with ESM-3 also currently under construction. The second Artemis mission, however, has a crucial difference: it will carry four astronauts for a lunar flyby. ESM-2 will provide propulsion, power, oxygen, water and life support as well as controlling the temperature in the orbiting crew module. ESM-3 will go one step further and put the first person on the Moon for 50 years. 

This film features soundbites from: Matthias Gronwoski, Chief Engineer Orion ESM, Airbus;  Rachid Amerkrane, Project Manager Orion ESM, Airbus; Philippe Deloo; ESM Programme Manager, ESA.

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