NASA said the next-generation moon rocket and spacecraft for the Artemis I mission is almost ready for its first launch in late August. At a special briefing on Wednesday, Aug. 3, officials at the space agency said final preparatory work on its rocket and spacecraft was going well.
This means that without any last-minute disruptions, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft will be sent to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on August 11 for an August 29 takeoff .
NASA’s SLS rocket stands at an altitude of 98.1 meters and can generate about 8.8 million pounds of thrust when launched, 13 % more than the space shuttle and 15% more than the Saturn V rocket that powered the Apollo lunar missions 50 years ago .
Thousands of people will accompany the take off
Florida news sources highlight the level of excitement around a mission that will see NASA’s most powerful rocket ever launch into the sky, noting that an estimated 100,000 people will arrive to watch the launch later this month. A local hotelier said, “This is a crowd of people beyond what we expected to see around here.” interpreted as.
A successful Artemis I mission will pave the way for Artemis II , a mission where Orion will travel the same route as the astronauts on board this time. Later, Artemis III will make the first woman to set foot on the lunar surface , possibly as early as 2025 .
NASA’s ambitious Artemis program ushers in a new era of crewed space exploration, which includes big plans for a lunar space station, a permanent moon base to visit astronauts on long-duration missions, and crewed missions to Mars in the late 2030s.