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NASA Will Roll Out Giant US Moon Rocket for First Launch

NASA Will Roll Out Giant US Moon Rocket for First Launch

NASA’s giant Space Launch System Moon rocket, topped with an unmanned astronaut capsule, is set to begin an hour-long crawl to its launchpad Tuesday night ahead of the behemoth’s maiden test flight later this month .

The 98-metre-tall rocket is scheduled to launch its first mission into space – without any humans – on August 29. It will be an important, long-delayed demonstration trip to the Moon in NASA’s Artemis program, the United States’ Multibillion. Dollar effort to return humans to the lunar surface as practice for future missions to Mars.

The Space Launch System, which has been led by Boeing in development over the past decade, is scheduled to lift off from its assembly building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida around 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday (0100 GMT on Wednesday) .m – Long trek to its launchpad. At a speed of less than 1.6 kmph, the rollout takes around 11 hours.

Atop the rocket is NASA’s Orion astronaut capsule, a pod manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT.N. It is designed to separate from rockets in space, escort humans to the Moon’s vicinity and rendezvous with a separate spacecraft that will take astronauts to the lunar surface.

But for the Aug. 29 mission, called Artemis 1, the Orion capsule will launch atop the Space Launch System without humans and orbit around the Moon before returning to Earth for an ocean splashdown 42 days later.

If bad launch weather or a minor technical issue triggers a delay beyond August 29, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has backup launch dates for September 2 and September 5.

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