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China's New Megarocket Design Shows NASA's SLS Is Already Obsolete

China’s New Megarocket Design Shows NASA’s SLS Is Already Obsolete

The launch of a Long March-2F Y12 rocket on June 17, 2021.Photo: Ng Han Guan (AP) Reusable rockets, whether large or small, are the future, and as a newly unveiled model of a Long March 9 launch vehicle suggests, Chinese rocket scientists are coming around to the idea. A team in China presented its updated …

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Tropical Storm Ian Forces NASA to Postpone Upcoming Launch of Megarocket

Tropical Storm Ian Forces NASA to Postpone Upcoming Launch of Megarocket

SLS at the Kennedy Space Center launch pad. Image: NASA Ian, the ninth named tropical storm of the current Atlantic hurricane season, has foiled NASA’s plan to launch the Artemis 1 mission on Tuesday September 27. As late as as Friday afternoon, NASA officials were casually dismissing the Caribbean storm system, but the space agency …

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See how NASA's new lunar mega-rocket sizes up to past and future astronaut launch systems

See how NASA’s new lunar mega-rocket sizes up to past and future astronaut launch systems

Loading Something is loading. NASA built a new mega-rocket for the next lunar astronaut era, and it’s about to launch for the first time as soon as Tuesday. The Space Launch System (SLS) is 17 years and an estimated $50 billion in the making. It’s designed to fly astronauts to the moon for the first …

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NASA Declares Tanking Test of SLS Megarocket a Success

NASA Declares Tanking Test of SLS Megarocket a Success

Engineers repairing the area where a liquid hydrogen leak was detected during the second attempted launch of SLS on September 3. This photo was taken on September 8 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: NASA A demonstration to confirm a repaired hydrogen leak appears to have gone well, with NASA declaring Wednesday’s cryogenic …

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NASA's Mega-Rocket Launch Delayed at Least a Month After Engine Leaks

NASA’s Mega-Rocket Launch Delayed at Least a Month After Engine Leaks

The launch of NASA’s Artemis “mega moon rocket” has been pushed out more than a month, likely to mid-October, after Saturday’s (Sept. 3) second launch attempt was canceled because of an engine leak. The gigantic Artemis 1 rocket – made up of the Orion capsule perched atop the 30-story Space Launch System (SLS) – will …

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Countdown begins for NASA's Artemis 1 moon mission and maiden flight of the SLS megarocket

Countdown begins for NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission and maiden flight of the SLS megarocket

Countdown clocks began ticking Saturday for the maiden launch of NASA’s new Space Launch System rocket Monday on a long-awaited mission to send an unpiloted Orion crew capsule around the moon and back. Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA’s first female launch director, called her team to their stations in Firing Room 1 at the Kennedy Space Center …

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Watch NASA's Artemis 1 SLS megarocket moon launch for free with these live webcasts

Watch NASA’s Artemis 1 SLS megarocket moon launch for free with these live webcasts

NASA’s huge Artemis 1 rocket is counting down to a planned Aug. 29 launch to the moon and when it does, you’ll be able to watch the historic mission live online for free. The space agency will host a series of Artemis 1 webcasts this week and next leading up to the uncrewed launch of …

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