NASA is preparing for a warm 2022, here the missions are planned for this year

After decades of hard work, 2021 was finally the year in which all three companies owned by the world’s crazy billionaires, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, sent their first batches of civilians into space. Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and SpaceX all achieved their goal of kickstarting what could become a booming space tourism industry. Then the Russians entered it and took cinematography to the International Space Station (ISS).

But all this time, NASA did not sit back and watch the others have all the fun, but was actually paving the way for what may very well be its most exciting year of eternity. And to get us all pumped up, the agency summed up all the planned missions for 2022 in a two-minute video, a kind of trailer for what’s coming this year in space exploration.

And it all starts with the James Webb Space Telescope, which was launched on Christmas Day and is expected to return the first images of the distant universe sometime in the middle of the year.

Also launched last year, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is expected to affect an asteroid with speeds of 15,000 mph (24,140 km / h) in September or October. It will be humanity’s first real attempt to change the orbit of a celestial body, an essential process if we are to protect ourselves from incoming asteroids in the future.

In August, NASA will launch the Psyche mission, a spacecraft aimed at one “unique metal asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter” called … Psyche. It would be one of the first asteroids we humans discovered back in 1852.

This year’s most important mission, however, is Artemis I, the test flight of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion capsule that was to bring humans back to the Moon by the end of the decade. At the time of writing, the launch is scheduled for the first quarter of the year.

Aside from these three major missions, NASA will send a host of other technologies up there to do everything from exploring black holes to studying our own planet from above. It will also continue its partnerships with private companies such as SpaceX for orbital launches, but will also expand them with the launch of the first private astronaut mission to the ISS with Axiom.

Closer to our planet, NASA is planning test flights with both the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft and the electric X-57 Maxwell.

A lot of other projects, including testing a new heat shield for atmospheric re-entry, and the (final) launch of the Boeing Starliner are also planned this year – you can see them all in the highly condensed video below.

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