Cape Canaveral: US space agency NASA’s ‘Moon Rocket’ is set to go on its journey on Monday, despite a lightning strike at the launch site. The 300-foot by 22-foot Space Launch System rocket is the most powerful rocket ever built by NASA. It is set to send a crew capsule into lunar orbit a century later, nearly a century before NASA’s ‘Apollo’ mission. During the Apollo mission, 12 astronauts landed on the moon.
If this six-week test flight goes well, astronauts can return to the moon in a few years. However, NASA officials have warned that the risk is high and the flight duration could be shortened. NASA officials said Sunday that the rocket and capsule at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center were not damaged during Saturday’s storm. He added that the other equipment was not damaged in any way.
A big step towards returning to the moon by traveling to the moon
Notably, NASA’s Artemis-1 mission marks a major step toward returning humans to the Moon after nearly a century. The mission is scheduled to launch on August 29, 2022 and is expected to be a significant voyage for NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule.
This spacecraft will go to the Moon, launch some small satellites into orbit and place itself in orbit. NASA’s mission is to train spacecraft operations and investigate the conditions experienced by astronauts around the Moon.
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First Published: 29 August 2022, 05:30 IST