April 16, 2022
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) rolled out Space Launch System (SLS), a rocket designed for deep space missions, on March 17 from Florida, USA. SLS made its first trip from the Kennedy Space Center’s vehicle assembly building to its launchpad on a crawler-transporter, which took 11 hours. The SLS will clear many tests before its first journey to the moon in May 2022. The vehicle had been in development for more than a decade. The rocket, with its Orion crew capsule, weighs around 2,600 tonnes and is 98mts tall, making it taller than USA’s Statue of Liberty. The SLS will produce 8.8 million pounds of maximum thrust, which will make it the world’s most powerful rocket. Artemis 1, an un-crewed lunar mission, will be the first flight for the Orion spacecraft and SLS together.
Did You Know?
A dog named Laika was the first creature to orbit the Earth.