NASA’s Artemis Rocket Will Try Launching Again in September

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NASA’s Artemis Rocket Will Try Launching Again in September

Humans haven’t walked on the Moon since the end of the Apollo program 50 years ago. NASA wants to change that sometime this decade with the SLS rocket, which the agency will try launching again in just a few weeks.

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NASA officials are targeting September 23rd to try and launch the SLS (Space Launch System) rocket to the Moon. If that doesn’t happen, they’ve also set September 27th as a potential backup date.

This initial launch, dubbed the Artemis 1 mission, would carry an uncrewed crew pod so it can detach and circle the Moon. If it’s successful, the agency also wants to carry out a crewed mission down the road — the first Moon orbit crewed flight is expected for 2024. A lunar landing, which will put the first woman on the Moon, is expected in 2025.

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