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NASA set to roll world's largest rocket out to the launch pad

By T.K. Randall
March 17, 2022 · Comment icon 28 comments

The rocket is even larger than the Saturn V. Image Credit: NASA
The first mission of NASA's Artemis moon program will be launching within the next few months.
It has been a very long time - more than 50 years in fact - since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the lunar surface as part of NASA's historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

Within just three years, however, the incentive to keep sending humans to the Moon was gone (as was the budget necessary to do so), resulting in a hiatus lasting several decades.

Now at last, it looks like this hiatus may finally be coming to an end, with the first mission of NASA's brand new lunar program - Artemis 1 - set to launch in just a few months' time.

Because this is the first mission there won't actually be astronauts on board. Instead, it will serve as a demonstration of the technology - traveling out to lunar orbit and then back over a period of 3 weeks.
Today the fully stacked rocket - which consists of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft - will be heading out to the launch pad to begin preliminary launch rehearsals.

It is the largest rocket that has ever existed - even larger than the Apollo program's Saturn V.

Watching it roll out will certainly be a sight to behold.

You'll be able to see it on the live feed below from 5pm EDT (9pm GMT) tonight.

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Comment icon #19 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
Scheduled for 29 Aug 2022
Comment icon #20 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
Nasa Moon mission Artemis gets go ahead to launch – BBC News  
Comment icon #21 Posted by Jon the frog 1 year ago
Common NASA launch it ! It needs to work !
Comment icon #22 Posted by esoteric_toad 1 year ago
Going to be a bad Monday. I work at a place in Cape Canaveral. Traffic is going to be a complete nightmare. When the falcon heavy launched it took me 2 hours to get home. I live 14 miles from work.....
Comment icon #23 Posted by and-then 1 year ago
I went down there for a night launch of Columbia and it was delayed twice and finally flew on the third attempt.  That night launch was worth every minute of the wait and the hours-long traffic jam to get away from the Space Center where we'd parked.  That memory is one of those "bucket list" things   It was right up there with a tandem skydive 
Comment icon #24 Posted by esoteric_toad 1 year ago
Having lived in the area my whole life (more than 5 decades) I have to remember that the launches, all of them, are a big deal for a lot of people. The folks visiting to see the launches bring in lots of money for the local businesses as well. I sometimes take it all for granted.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Silver 1 year ago
Some nice graphics here: Artemis: How we get humans back to the Moon - BBC News
Comment icon #26 Posted by Golden Duck 1 year ago
Scrubbed again
Comment icon #27 Posted by Jon the frog 1 year ago
At this rate, some parts will be past their best before date... 
Comment icon #28 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
An update was posted here:  

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