NASA has begun assembling the Artemis space launch system, an important milestone ahead of future missions to the moon.
NASA said in a statement, “At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, engineers fielded the first 10 segments. Landed 21 in 21 segments for twin solid rocket boosters.” Artemis I, SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft There will be an integrated flight to test that with the Artemis program as an integrated system ahead of crew flights to the moon. “
The space agency said the booster segment came by train in June from Northrop Grumman’s manufacturing facility in Utah.
“The stacking operation began November 19, with engineers building the booster segment in a 525-foot-high vehicle assembly building from rotation, processing and surge facilities.”
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Artemis I mission is scheduled to take place in 2021.
“Stopping the first piece of SLS rocket on a mobile launcher is a major milestone for the Artemis program”, said Andrew Schorble, an integrated operations flow manager with civil engineering firm Jacobs. “It shows that the mission is really taking shape and will soon head for the launch pad.”
NASA’s Artemis program aims to return astronauts to the moon in 2024. However, a recent report by the Office of the Inspector General of NASA described the time of 2024 as very ambitious.
Earlier this year, NASA tested booster rocket technology that would be used to bring future Artemis missions to the moon.
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Last year, NASA revealed details of its vision for the Artemis Moon lander that would return astronauts to the lunar surface.
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The US is the only country to have placed astronauts on the moon, which last did so during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. Only 12 men, all Americans, set foot on the moon.
Fox News’ Chris Siakia and The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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