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January 6, 2023

NASA's Artemis 1 Mission Marks a Significant Step Toward Returning Astronauts to the Moon

Ask students: How does NASA know if the Artemis 1 mission was a success? Do you think NASA should return astronauts to the moon?

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Summary

NASA’s Orion spacecraft splashed down Sunday afternoon, December 11, just off California’s Baja Peninsula in the Pacific Ocean. The 26-day Artemis 1 test mission marked a significant step toward returning astronauts to the moon. For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Five Facts

  • Who are the individuals and organizations involved in the Artemis 1 mission?
  • What object returned to earth after having left it 26 days earlier?
  • Where and When did Orion splashdown?
  • Why did NASA send Orion on the Artemis space mission?
  • How does NASA know if the Artemis 1 mission was a success?

Focus Questions

Do you think NASA should return astronauts to the moon? How did you feel listening to Miles O’Brien discuss the significance of the Artemis 1 mission?

Media literacy: What additional information would you have included in the segment?

Optional: See, Think, Wonder: What do you notice? What does the story make you think? What do you want to find out more about?

For More

What students can do: Dive in! Check out some of the live coverage of Artemis 1. To see the splashdown, watch 5m:15s – 9:03 point “Three good chutes for Orion. … Time to splashdown 90 seconds.”

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

PBS NewsHour Classroom

PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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