NASA moves up launch of massive moon rocket
by Matt Bernardini
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 15, 2021
NASA announced Monday that it will roll out its Artemis I Moon rocket on Tuesday evening, which is two days earlier than originally planned.
Tuesday's planned roll out represents the final prelaunch test before the scheduled launch on Aug. 29. The uncrewed test flight will remain in space for 42 days before returning to Earth.
Rick LaBrode, the lead flight director for Artemis I, said that the lead up to the launch would consist of a lot of anticipation.
"This is more exciting than really anything I've ever been a part of," Labrode said, according to Yahoo News. "I'm going to be so excited. I won't be able to sleep too much, I'm sure of that."
Artemis I, will be the first blastoff the Space Launch System rocket, which will be the most powerful rocket in the world. The current plan is for astronauts to make the same trip in 2024 on Artemis II, and then once again set foot on the moon in 2025 aboard Artemis III.
While Artemis I remains in space, a dozen NASA personnel will be stationed in Mission Control 24 hours a day to monitor the rocket.
However, even though the launch of Artemis marks a momentous occasion for Americans to finally return to the moon, it is not the final destination, according to Reid Wiseman, chief astronaut at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
"When we think about Artemis, we focus a lot on the moon," Wiseman said. "But I just want everybody in the room and everybody watching to remember our sights are not set on the moon. Our sights are set clearly on Mars."
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