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Right now, the Orion space craft is on a 26-day journey. It will travel more than a million miles and orbit the moon before returning to Earth Dec. 11.

  • One goal of the Artemis 1 mission is to create a blueprint for humans to do science and exploration throughout the solar system, NASA deputy administrator Pam Melroy said.
  • The Artemis program focuses on maximizing science, technological capabilities and inspiration, according to Melroy.
  • Melroy explained that space exploration is important to fund because it is an investment for the future and inspires the next generation.

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