Published: Aug. 23, 2022

NASA’s Artemis 1 mission is slated to blast off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 29—the inaugural launch of the space agency’s Artemis Program, which will return humans to the moon for the first time since 1972.  

Experts at CU Boulder are available to discuss various aspects of the launch and what lies in store for this new era of lunar exploration.

Iain Boyd is director of the Center for National Security Initiatives at CU Boulder and the NASA-funded ACCESS Institute. He can discuss Artemis 1, including how the mission’s Orion capsule will safely reenter Earth’s atmosphere. Boyd can also discuss Colorado’s aerospace and defense industries.

Read: “CU Boulder to lead new $15M NASA Space Tech Research Institute”

Jack Burns is professor in the Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences at CU Boulder and director of the NASA-funded Network for Exploration and Space Science (NESS). From 2016 to 2017, he also served on the presidential transition team for NASA. He can discuss how NASA and other entities around the world are working to establish a permanent human presence on the moon. He can also discuss what scientists can learn by traveling to the moon.

Read: “A roadmap for science on the moon”

Paul Hayne is assistant professor in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at CU Boulder and is leading the development of the Lunar Compact Infrared Imaging System (L-CIRiS)—an instrument that will land on the moon in the next several years. He can discuss the moon’s geology and the search for supplies of water and other important resources on the lunar surface.  

Read: “Astronauts may one day drink water from ancient moon volcanoes”