NASA: The American Space Agency launches its most powerful rocket towards the moon

NASA: The American Space Agency launches its most powerful rocket towards the moon
NASA: The American Space Agency launches its most powerful rocket towards the moon

NASA: The American Space Agency launches its most powerful rocket towards the moon

  • Jonathan Amos
  • Science Reporter – BBC

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The US space agency “NASA” has launched its most powerful rocket to date from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The Artemis rocket, which reaches a height of 100 meters, was shot into the sky, causing an amazing combination of sound and light.

The mission aims to power the Orion spacecraft, which is designed to carry astronauts aboard in preparation for future missions to the lunar surface.

The Orion vehicle will be unmanned for this first mission, but if all goes well, astronauts will climb aboard for a number of missions in the future.

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The Artemis rocket, which reaches a height of 100 meters, was shot into the sky in an amazing combination of sound and light.

Wednesday’s launch follows the cancellation of two previous launch attempts in August and September during a countdown due to a technical error.

Scientists were able to overcome these technical problems this time, and the “Space Launch System”, as the rocket is often called, was allowed to “launch” at 01:47 local time (06:47 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center. .

“This is the biggest flare I’ve ever seen,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “The most intense sound wave I’ve ever experienced.”

And the rocket can perform important maneuvers to achieve high performance over the planet that can put the Orion spacecraft on the right track to the moon.

It takes two hours after launch before we know if these tasks have been completed correctly or not.

In December, NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission, the last time humans walked on the moon.

NASA names its new program after “Artemis”, the twin goddess of the god Apollo from Greek mythology.

NASA plans to launch a series of more complex missions over the next 10 years that should result in a more sustainable presence on the moon, with habitats and rovers as well as a small space station in orbit around the moon.

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The rocket can perform maneuvers to place Orion on the correct trajectory to the moon (virtual rendering)

The Orion vehicle has been sent on a 26-day journey and its closest point will be 100 km from the lunar surface, assuming its orbit allows it to travel more than 70,000 km from the moon.

The spacecraft is scheduled to return to Earth on December 11, in about three and a half weeks.

And this hinges on the accomplishment of a major goal throughout the mission, as flight engineers pay more attention to knowing how to adapt the “Orion” heat shield to the extreme temperatures the vehicle will face once it returns to our atmosphere Planet.

The vehicle will return very quickly, 38,000 kilometers per hour or 32 times the speed of sound.

The shielding on the underside of the vehicle has to withstand temperatures close to 3,000 degrees Celsius.


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