Artemis: Nasa readies giant Moon rocket for maiden flight - BBC

Artemis: Nasa readies giant Moon rocket for maiden flight - BBC

Artemis: Nasa readies giant Moon rocket for maiden flight - BBC
Aug 17, 2022 1 min, 18 secs

The American space agency Nasa is rolling out its giant new Moon rocket to prepare it for a maiden flight.

Known as the Space Launch System (SLS), the vehicle is being taken to Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a lift-off scheduled for 29 August.

The debut outing is a test with no crew aboard, but future missions will send astronauts back to the lunar surface for the first time in over 50 years.

The agency has vowed to return with its new Artemis programme, using technology that befits the modern era (Artemis was Greek god Apollo's twin sister and goddess of the Moon).

Nasa sees a return to the Moon as a way to prepare to go to Mars with astronauts sometime in the 2030s or soon after.

This extra power will allow the vehicle to not only send astronauts far beyond Earth but, additionally, so much equipment and cargo that those crews could stay away for extended periods!

"The first crewed launch, Artemis 2, is two years from now in 2024.

The scope of the mission is to send Orion looping around the back of the Moon before bringing it home for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off California.

He calls his giant rocket the Starship, and it will play a role in future Artemis missions by linking up with Orion to get astronauts down to the surface of the Moon.

The agency said changes made to the way it contracts industry would bring down future production costs significantly.

Nasa readies giant Moon rocket for maiden flight

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