Mankind was forever changed when we developed a way to leave our home planet and reach for the heavens. On this trip, we will be riding the SLS Express. Three hundred and sixty-five feet of rocket designed to carry two payload blocks totaling over two hundred thousand pounds. A thousand-mile journey begins with just one step, or so the proverb goes, and so we continue in the steps of the Apollo Program. As a team member of Artemis III, our journey started with that “one small step for man” and now it’s up to us to take the giant leap.
A well-calibrated crew is essential for success. My team consists of five proactive, problem solvers, who value communication and teamwork. A sense of humor is just as important, because friendship, trust, and comradery are integral to our success. We will be trained, physically and mentally, to withstand the toll this journey will take on our body and mind.
As is the case on Earth, survival on the Moon will be governed by our ability to source clean water. And we are in luck! Using our multi-filtration purifier, we can melt down and process ice found on the lunar surface. Say goodbye to organic and inorganic particles -- say hello to purified H2O! We will leave this water factory to help with rocket fuel development for future missions -- a leap too far for this mission.
President Kennedy once said, “We choose to go to the moon… not because [it is] easy, but because [it is] hard”. As my crew prepares for this critical mission, I can tell you that he was right. This is not easy. This is hard. We want to spark the flame to fire the engine that pushes our species to the edges of our solar system.