Artemis: NASA’s Giant Rocket Prepares for First Trip to the Moon

  • Jonathan Amos
  • Science reporter

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The Space Launch System is the new rocket of the new era for lunar exploration

NASA is preparing its new giant moon rocket for its maiden voyage.

The vehicle, known as the Space Launch System (SLS), is being transported to Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the planned Aug. 29 launch.

There will be no astronauts on this first test flight. But future missions will send astronauts to the lunar surface for the first time in 50 years.

The SLS, about 100 meters (328 feet) tall, is transported to the launch pad on a large tractor.

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