CanIndia News – NASA aims to launch next-generation rocket on maiden flight in early 2022 – .

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CanIndia News – NASA aims to launch next-generation rocket on maiden flight in early 2022 – .


NASA aims to fly its massive next-generation rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), for the first time in February 2022, a critical test flight on the US space agency’s journey to return people to the Moon.

However, there is still plenty of testing to take place long before the severely delayed vehicle can finally take off, The Verge reported on Friday.

Confirmation of the new target date, which was announced in August, comes a day after engineers completely stacked the SLS inside the massive NASA hangar at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Standing 322 feet tall, the SLS rises higher than the Statue of Liberty. At the top of the stack is NASA’s Orion Crew Capsule, a new spacecraft that was developed to transport people into deep space.

However, when the SLS first flies in 2022, there will be no one on board, according to the report.

The test mission will send an empty Orion capsule on a four to six week trip around the Moon.

SLS’s first flight is known as “Artemis I”, the first major flight in NASA’s Artemis program. If the flight is successful, the next mission for SLS and Orion will be Artemis II, which will transport NASA astronauts on a similar trajectory around the Moon.

The program will culminate with the landing of the first woman and the first person of color on the surface of the moon.

During the administration of former President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence challenged NASA to make this landing as early as 2024.

This schedule has since been called into question, given the complexity of the mission and the many delays.

Originally, NASA envisioned the SLS to fly for the first time in 2017, but its debut has been constantly postponed due to mismanagement and cost overruns.

–IANS

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