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Updated 3:34 PM PT – Sunday, November 29, 2020
NASA is beginning to design a launch system for the ‘Artemis’ moon mission next year.
On Tuesday, NASA announced assembly start for the rocket, which would be used to take the first woman to the moon. The launch is scheduled for 2021.
The first booster engine was completed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for the unmanned voyage of the ‘Artemis’ program.
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The trip will serve as a test of the technology to be separated from the manned act Artemis’ rocket.
“So the Artemis program is our lunar exploration program,” said astronaut Serena Aounon-Chancellor. “We will reach the South Pole of the Moon by 2024, the landing of the first woman and the next man.”
It is the first of 10 test run engines to be assembled as part of the new space launch system, which NASA hopes can be used for future Mars and other deep-space missions.
In 2021, officials hope to make an unmanned test flight around the moon before the second mission in 2023. This final mission is in preparation for ‘Artemis Three’, which will make a lunar landing in 2024.
Since 1969, the US has made only six trips to the moon. The last time was in 1972.
In 2019, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein said the agency would use the next trip to assess their ability to travel continuously and stay on the moon.
“We’re going to take the lead, and we’re going to take a coalition of nations, to go to the moon, to live in the moment,” Bridenstein said. “This is a significant difference between what we are doing today, and what we did from 1969 to 1972.”
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