NASA Astronauts Simulate Moonwalk for 2026 Artemis Mission

NASA conducts moonwalk simulations to prepare for the Artemis III mission, aiming to land astronauts on the moon’s south pole in 2026.

On May 26, it was reported that NASA is preparing intensely for another moon landing, scheduled for September 2026 under the Artemis III mission.

This mission will mark humanity’s return to the lunar surface after fifty years. Barbara Janoiko from the Johnson Space Center emphasized the importance of field tests to ensure all systems and technologies needed for lunar operations are ready.

NASA astronauts

Astronauts Kate Rubins and Andre Douglas conducted a week-long simulation of moonwalking in the volcanic desert near Flagstaff, Arizona.

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This location was chosen for its lunar-like terrain. The simulation included testing communication protocols with the mission control center, evaluating the performance of lunar equipment, and practicing geological sample collection.

One technology tested was an augmented reality helmet, which provides navigational information and helps astronauts find their way back to the lunar module in emergencies.

The simulation also included procedures for remote collaboration between astronauts and ground teams to obtain valuable geological samples and address issues in real-time.

During the week, astronauts performed four “moonwalks” and six technical demonstrations. According to NASA, these activities are part of a series of field tests, with this being the fifth and most realistic simulation yet of the Artemis lunar mission.

The Artemis III mission aims to land on the moon’s south pole, a region previously unexplored by humans.

Scientists believe craters in permanent shadow at the south pole might contain water ice, a valuable resource for drinking water and rocket fuel components (hydrogen and oxygen).

Future tests will include underwater simulations at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, Texas.

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