NASA is working hard to prepare its new moon-bound rocket and spacecraft for Artemis 1, the next mission of the agency's program, which aims to land humans on the lunar surface.
This new video from the Marshall Space Flight Center of NASA passes piece by piece, from top to tail, through the new Space Launch System (SLS). This is the powerful rocket that should take astronauts to the moon and could even send robotic spaceships to distant destinations in the solar system, like the moon of Jupiter Europe.
In the video, short clips show the progression of each part of the system. The technicians in the laboratory have put together parts like Space vehicle of the Orion crew, the Start Abort System and various adapters. It is shown that some hardware components are moved to the Kennedy Space Center facilities in Florida, like a liquid oxygen tank that will help power one of the SLS phases. Other pieces are shown in action, such as a RS-25 engines this will increase the main phase of SLS from the ground.
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"The powerful NASA Space Launch System rocket and NASA's Orion spacecraft are making progress in the field," the agency said in a description of the video on YouTube. "During their development, the rocket and spacecraft moved from design and production to testing, assembly and integration. Some hardware components were even delivered to the launch platform at NASA's Kennedy Space Center."
Artemis 1 is scheduled to take off in mid-2020, using the Space Launch System to upgrade the Orion spaceship in space. Without a crew, Orion revolves around the moon and deploys several small satellites before re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. The first manned mission is scheduled not before 2022, while the first landing on the moon is scheduled for 2024.