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NASA Downplays Launch Pad Damage Caused by SLS Rocket

NASA Downplays Launch Pad Damage Caused by SLS Rocket

Scorching and other minor damage at Launch Pad 39B.Screenshots: NASA TV A scorched platform, fried cameras, broken pipes, and a busted elevator are among the casualties of last week’s launch of NASA’s SLS rocket. Mobile Launcher 1 and Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center will require repairs, but NASA says they’ll be ready for …

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If SpaceX's Starship Goes Boom on the Launch Pad, NASA Has a Backup Plan

If SpaceX’s Starship Goes Boom on the Launch Pad, NASA Has a Backup Plan

SpaceX’s Super Heavy Booster 7 recently completed a 7 engine static fire test at Starbase.Photo: SpaceX SpaceX is moving ahead with plans to upgrade a launch pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, which will serve as a backup to the Kennedy Space Center pad the company currently uses to launch cargo and crews to …

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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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Gigantic Crowds Expected for Inaugural Launch of NASA's Mega Rocket

Gigantic Crowds Expected for Inaugural Launch of NASA’s Mega Rocket

Spectators watch the Space Shuttle Atlantis blasting off on July 8, 2011. The launch was the 135th and final Space Shuttle launch for NASA. Photo: Phil Sandlin (AP) NASA’s SLS rocket is slated to launch for the first time in just three weeks, rumbling off the launch pad with 8.8 million pounds of thrust. There …

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Inaugural Launch of NASA’s SLS Rocket Delayed to at Least August 2022

NASA’s SLS rocket as seen through the windows of Firing Room One in the Rocco A. Petrone Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA will attempt another countdown rehearsal of the Space Launch System in early June, but the space agency warned that multiple tests of its finicky rocket might …

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