The engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have started to put together the massive space rocket as a part of the Artemis program to take the first woman to the moon later this decade.
NASA, on Tuesday, informed that the Space Launch System’s (SLS) first booster segment was loaded above the mobile launcher at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre-based Florida in the early days of this week as a part of its initial flight.
Overall, 10 segments will be used to create the twin solid rocket boosters afore its first take-off, which is probably taking place in the coming year.
The space-rocket will play a major part in NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program, which targets to send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. The officials at NASA also aim to use the SLS to reach Mars and other “deep-space destinations.”
NASA claims that the SLS rocket will be taller than the Statue of Liberty and at lift-off will have approximately 15% more thrust than the Saturn V rockets that were used to power the Apollo missions around five decades ago.
Andrew Shroble, an integrated operations flow manager with Jacobs, a company working with NASA on the Artemis program, in a NASA news release said, “Stacking the first piece of the SLS rocket on the mobile launcher marks a major milestone for the Artemis Program.”
“It shows the mission is truly taking shape and will soon head to the launch pad.”