Friday, March 18, 2022

NASA rolled out the SLS

NASA (and ESA) rolled out the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on St Patrick's Day. Cheers!

The huge rocket with main orange-hued liquid fuel tank and strap-on solid fuel booster evoked memories of the shuttle, external tank, and dual boosters. Atop was the Orion crew spacecraft. They rolled it out to the famous pad 39B.

This was all for a pad test exercise ahead of the Artemis mission to return to the Moon.

It's an impressive vehicle which will generate more thrust than the Apollo Saturn V which helped humans reach and walk upon another celestial body.

Later, someone tagged the rocket ahead of a full Moon. Apropos. 

Orion on SLS with Moon in background

Interesting times.

Read the article at the NASA web site for more info, links, and photos.

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