NASA is heading for the moon … again. It’s 98m-tall Artemis rocket could launch as early as August, with a goal of getting man back to the moon by 2025.
NASA aiming for late August test flight of giant moon rocket
On the 53rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, NASA announced it’s shooting for a late August launch of its giant, new moon rocket.
NASA will attempt the more than month-long lunar test flight with three mannequins – no astronauts – as early as August 29. With two other launch dates in early September, before NASA would have to stand down for two weeks.
NASA’s Jim Free noted the test flight begins “our Artemis program to go back to the moon”. The space agency’s new lunar program is named Artemis after Apollo’s twin sister in Greek mythology.
The 30-storey Space Launch System rocket and attached Orion capsule are currently in the hangar at Kennedy Space Center, following repairs stemming from last month’s countdown test. Fuel leaks and other technical trouble cropped up during NASA’s repeated launch rehearsals at the pad.