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UPDATE NASA : Back to the Moon !

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Cape Canaveral FL, NASA on Monday delayed the launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., because of a fuel leak in one of the rocket’s engines.

NASA is heading back to the moon. Earthlings have not visited since 1972  and at 8:33am ET from the Kennedy Space Center, the agency is set to launch its new moon rocket called the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built. The uncrewed Artemis I mission will head toward the moon and complete one and a half orbits during its 42-day mission.

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If successful, the voyage will set the stage for a crewed “flyby” mission to the moon in 2024, teeing up a potential landing as soon as the following year.

But this is rocket science after all, and most things don’t go according to plan. The SLS was first ordered by Congress in 2010, and is only now hitting the launchpad after numerous delays and billions in cost overruns. Plus, getting humans on the moon will require not only the rocket but also a vehicle to send astronauts from the capsule to the moon’s surface. SpaceX has been tapped to provide that lunar lander, though it hasn’t successfully reached orbit yet.

 

2 thoughts on “UPDATE NASA : Back to the Moon !

  1. Wow, back to 1969! Rockets and prices to the moon! FJB

  2. Its the Equity Mission…

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