What would NASA's next moon landing look like?

Some details about NASA's upcoming space launch

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R. Gelfenstein - The launch of a larger rocket since 1973 could take place later this month, as NASA hopes to launch its rocket to the new moon on its first test flight.

The Artemis I mission, a test flight of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft, is scheduled to lift off no earlier than 8:33 a.m. ET in August, should weather or other issues force NASA to cancel the launch.

Launch and pre-launch activities will be streamed live on NASA TV, the NASA app and the space agency's website.

The SLS rocket will be the most powerful ever flown. With a height of 322 feet (99 meters) and a thrust of 8.8 million pounds, it surpasses the Saturn V rocket that carried the Apollo astronauts to the Moon and, although it was 363 feet (111 meters), generated only 7.6 million pounds of thrust. The last Saturn V was launched in 1973, unmanned, to carry the Skylab space station.

The Artemis launch will use the same platform as the first Saturn V launch in 1969 during the Apollo program, Launch Complex 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA plans to launch several Artemis missions in the 1930s, with astronauts building a lunar space station and long-term bases in the Moon's south polar region.

The program will not only promote lunar science, but also give NASA the opportunity to test the technologies, operations and skills needed to one day face a greater challenge, such as sending astronauts to Mars in the years to come. 2040.

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