A total of 10 component twin solid rocket boosters will be built before its first lift off, which is expected next year.
The rocket is an important part of NASA’s Artemis Moon research program, which aims to send the first woman and the next man to the moon by 2024. NASA officials also hope that SLS will be used to reach Mars and other “deep space destinations”.
Once fully assembled, NASA says the SLS rocket will stand taller than the Statue of Liberty, and the Saturn attached to the Apnilo rockets will weigh about 15% more than the rocket. 50 years ago, it became the most powerful rocket ever.
“Putting the first piece of the RSS rocket on a mobile launcher marks a major milestone for the Artemis program,” said Andrew Shrobel, operations operations manager with Jacobs, a company working with NASA on the Artemis program. .
“It shows that the mission is really taking shape and will soon move towards the launch pad.”
Artemis is named after the Greek goddess and is the twin sister of Apollo.