A Giant Leap for Humanity: USA back on the moon after 50 years / VIDEO

"Welcome to the moon," Altemus said when the landing was finally confirmed, after about 10 minutes of no contact from Odysseus

by Sededin Dedovic
A Giant Leap for Humanity: USA back on the moon after 50 years / VIDEO
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Space is an infinite, mysterious and unexplored space that arouses human curiosity and the desire to explore. Since ancient times, people have dreamed of traveling to other celestial bodies, and one of their closest goals is the Moon.

With each new step in research, new horizons open up for humanity, presenting challenges and opportunities never before available. After the famous Apollo 17, the USA finally landed on the moon again, but now with much better equipment, education and ready to explore.

Apollo 17, launched on December 7, 1972, was the eleventh and final mission of NASA's Apollo program. It was the sixth and so far the last time humans set foot on the moon or traveled beyond low Earth orbit. The mission commander was Eugene Cernan, the lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt, and the command module pilot Ronald Evans.

Schmitt was the only professional geologist to ever walk on the moon, and was chosen over Joe Engle at NASA's insistence that it send a scientist to the moon. Cernan and Schmitt spent three days on the Moon, during which they performed three EVAs (exit from the vehicle) for a total of 22 hours and 4 minutes.

Using the lunar rover, they traveled 35.9 km and collected 110.5 kg of soil and rock samples. The Apollo 17 mission enriched our knowledge about the Moon and its origin, but in recent years there has been an opinion among experts that knowledge needs to be renewed now with modern and much more powerful technology.

The United States did it spectacularly yesterday. After more than 50 years, a private spacecraft named Odyssey successfully landed on the lunar surface, marking the first such event since a visit by a NASA crew during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972.

This feat represents a milestone in space exploration, opening the door to new opportunities for scientific research. and potential colonization, which caused the greatest public interest. The landing of Odysseus on the moon was a technological marvel.

After a 73-minute descent from orbit, the spacecraft successfully touched down near the south pole of the Moon. The venture was not without risk, and Intuitive Machines founder Steve Altemus only gave it an 80% chance of success.

However, the courage and dedication of the team enabled the successful completion of the mission.

Live waiting for landing© VideoFromSpace / Youtube channel

The technical aspects of the Odyssey landing are fascinating.

The spacecraft had to precisely maneuver through space orbit and perform a controlled descent to the surface of the Moon. This requires precise control of the spacecraft's navigation systems and engines, as well as constant communication with the control center on Earth.

All this represents a challenge that was successfully overcome thanks to the hard work of engineers and experts. The landing of Odyssey on the moon has profound implications for the future of space exploration. It is the first step towards establishing a permanent presence of man on the moon and paves the way for further exploration of Mars and other celestial bodies.

In addition, the exploration of the Moon can provide us with valuable information about the origin of the Solar System and the evolution of the Earth. The Odyssey mission required significant financial investment. NASA allocated 118 million dollars for this venture, while the company Intuitive Machines provided an additional 130 million dollars.

These investments are justified considering the potential benefits that lunar exploration can bring to humanity. The landing of Odysseus enabled the collection of valuable scientific data about the surface of the Moon. The instruments on the spacecraft made it possible to analyze the composition of the soil, measure gravity and investigate the magnetic field.

These data help scientists better understand the geological past of the Moon and the evolution of our solar system. Future plans and colonization of the moon After the success of the Odyssey mission, the question arises - what's next? NASA is already working on plans to send a human crew to the moon in late 2026.

In addition, various private companies are developing their projects for the exploration and colonization of the Moon, which further confirms the importance of this celestial body for the future of humanity. One of the most exciting aspects of the future of lunar exploration is the possibility of its colonization.

The moon has many resources that could be useful to humans, including water, minerals, and solar energy. Colonization of the Moon would allow humanity to expand its horizons and achieve a long-term presence in space. This vision requires technological progress, but is feasible with appropriate efforts and investments.

The landing of Odysseus on the moon definitely represents a turning point in space exploration and opens up new opportunities for humanity. We witnessed a historical event, although it is not the first time that a long period of time since the last landing on the moon gives additional importance to the Odyssey mission.