NASA aims to launch next-generation rocket on debut flight in early 2022

Prime News, International (Washington), Oct 23:- NASA is aiming to fly its massive next-generation rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), for the first time in February 2022, a critical test flight on the US space agency’s journey to send people back to the Moon.

However, plenty of tests still need to go well before the much-delayed vehicle can finally take flight, The Verge reported on Friday.

Confirmation of the new target date, which was rumoured in August, comes a day after engineers fully stacked the SLS inside NASA’s massive hangar at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Standing at 322 feet high, the SLS rises taller than the Statue of Liberty. On top of the stack is NASA’s Orion crew capsule, a new spacecraft that’s been developed to carry people into deep space.

However, when the SLS flies for the first time in 2022, there won’t be any people on board, the report said.

The test mission will send an empty Orion capsule on a four to six-week-long trip around the Moon. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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