The launch of NASA’s first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for the Artemis program has been anticipated for some time. The effort is named after NASA’s earlier lunar mission, Apollo. Artemis is a space exploration venture that aims to return humans to the Moon. The initiative is important as it will provide technology and resources in assisting humanity to explore Mars and even beyond.
“That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind,” stated Neil Armstrong.
Glitches hampered NASA’s Space Launch System mega-rocket for the Artemis I mission. However, the combined Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft will be launched on March 17, according to the agency.
On March 14, NASA held a news conference to discuss the planned launch, and everything appeared to be on track this time.
“We are in very good shape and ready to proceed with this roll,” Artemis launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson stated.
“It’s gonna be amazing,” he added.
Moreover, NASA also posted a teaser for the Artemis I mission, encouraging human lunar exploration.
The spacecraft would undergo a 4-6 weeks mission. It is expected to go 280,000 miles from Earth or thousands of kilometres beyond the Moon.
“This is a mission that truly will do what hasn’t been done and learn what isn’t known,” said Mike Sarafin, Artemis I mission manager.
“It will blaze a trail that people will follow on the next Orion flight, pushing the edges of the envelope to prepare for that mission.”