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Track the Artemis I Mission

By Katherine Schauer

August 18, 2022

NASA’s Near Space Network communicates and tracks spacecraft as they launch into space and conduct critical science investigations. Now, the network is looking to the public to see who can also track spacecraft – specifically the Artemis I mission as it launches, orbits, and returns to Earth!

The Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program’s Commercialization, Innovation, and Synergies (CIS) office recently released a Request for Information (RFI). This RFI is a chance for the public to participate in NASA’s historic return to the Moon.


- Who can participate? Anyone with tracking capabilities. This could be an aerospace company, a student at home with tracking equipment, or a university hoping to test out their skills.
- How to participate? Submit your capabilities and information by August 24, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
- What happens next? If selected, important tracking information will be provided so that you can get started.

The Artemis missions to the Moon are starting a new era of lunar exploration, testing our capabilities and skills so that one day, humanity can go to Mars.

Throughout its journey, the Artemis I mission will receive comprehensive communications and navigation services from NASA’s two networks: the Near Space Network and the Deep Space Network. This RFI provides an opportunity for the public to participate in Artemis I on a non-interference basis.

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