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Moon to Mars

August 30 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Artemis I will be the first integrated flight test of NASA’s Deep Space Exploration Systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, with the newly upgraded Exploration Ground Systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The primary operations goal of the mission is to assure a safe crew module entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery. The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration and demonstrate our commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond prior to the first flight with crew on Artemis II.

With Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. We will collaborate with our commercial and international partners to establish the first long-term human-robotic presence on and around the Moon. Then, we will use what we learn on and at the Moon to take the next giant leap: sending the first astronauts to Mars.


About the Presenters

Mackendy Mondesir is a Quality Engineer with NASA working with Deep Space Logistics. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master’s in Supply Chain Management and Information Systems from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His career started with design Engineering and shifted to Quality Engineering with a focus on development, and new program startups.

Brian McKenna is a Safety and Mission Assurance Engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Kennedy Space Center. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego. Prior to joining NASA he worked as a System Safety Engineer at the Boeing Company supporting the development phase of the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage where he focused on hazard analysis for vehicle power distribution and propulsion testing prior to vehicle integration at Kennedy. Currently he works Exploration Ground Systems safety and risk assessments for the Artemis program and future spaceport development. Management and Information Systems from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His career started with design Engineering and shifted to Quality Engineering with a focus on development, and new program startups.

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