October 6, 2022

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Artemis I’s journey to the moon has begun!

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built, 98 meters high, travels aboard a giant crawler to the Cape Canaveral 39B launch pad.

This is the rocket that will leave Earth on August 29, when it is in Italy 14:33 (the launch window will be about two hours), as part of the Artemis I mission, which will carry an Orion capsule orbiting the natural satellite. There will be no human crew on board, but three mannequins.

delay. At 3:55 a.m. on August 17 (Italian time), the SLS began its journey that will take it from the High Bay 3 hangar, where it has been assembled and where all its parts have been checked, right up to launch. Compared to schedule, there was a two-hour delay due to a violent storm hitting Cape Canaveral: NASA technicians preferred to delay departure to prevent the rocket from being struck by lightning.

The best good weather. However, this is a form of precaution, because if this happens in the next few days, no harm will be done: it would be better, in any case, if it did not, because in the event of a series of checks is necessary which could cause delays.

The flight will be 6.2 kilometers long and will last from 8 to 12 hours: the variance depends on various parameters, including temperature and wind, which should not exceed 70 kilometers per hour.

[Aggiornamento delle 14:05 del 17 agosto 2022: il cingolato con a bordo lo Space Launch System ha completato il percorso e ha raggiunto la rampa di lancio dello Kennedy Space Center a Cape Canaveral]

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