NASA now ready with Artemis 1 moon mission test launch
Washington: The United States Space Administration (US Space Agency) has assessed that its Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket is ready for the Artemis 1 flight test.
NASA stated late Friday that it will return SLS and Orion to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center next week to prepare the rocket and spacecraft for flight.
The first integrated test of NASA's deep space exploration technologies — the Orion spacecraft, SLS rocket, and supporting base systems — will be Artemis 1.
Artemis 1 will pave the path for long-term lunar exploration in preparation for human journeys to Mars as the first in a succession of more complicated missions.
"We've completed the rehearsal phase, and everything we've learned will enable us lift off during the target launch window,"
said Tom Whitmeyer, NASA Headquarters' deputy associate administrator for common exploration systems.
"The team is now ready to move forward and prepare for launch," he continued.
Teams exercised all the assets and capabilities of the entire system, including the SLS rocket, the Orion spacecraft, and Exploration Ground Systems,
including at Launch Complex 39B and other supporting locations, by reaching deep into the final phase of the countdown, known as the terminal when many critical activities rapid succession.
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