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Upcoming launch of Artemis I moon rocket kicks off another moon quest

Aug 24, 2022, 2:00 PM

Liftoff of NASA's Space Launch System rocket and integrated Orion spacecraft is targeted for 8:33 a...

Liftoff of NASA's Space Launch System rocket and integrated Orion spacecraft is targeted for 8:33 a.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, from Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA Photo/Ben Smegelesky)

(NASA Photo/Ben Smegelesky)

Not since the Apollo program of the late 1960s and into the 1970s have we seen a more powerful rocket than the classic Saturn V launch vehicle.

The work of many, coming together with the development of new rocket engines, materials, staff and recovery teams. The Saturn V rocket launched astronauts and payloads to obit and the moon.

The power of the Saturn V’s main four F1 engines produced some 7.5 million pounds of thrust.

Amazing for its time in history.

Learn more about the mighty Saturn V here and here.

The next great leap to space will occur with the launch of the Artemis I moon rocket!

This massive rocket will help to propel the newly designed Orion capsule to hopefully many journeys to the moon and beyond.

The Artemis rocket is part of a series of rockets of the Space Launch Systems program.

The Artemis mission will send three mannequins equipped with special sensors to check out and evaluate space suits, radiation monitors and other human systems experiments.

The first mission will look at orbiting the moon in a high orbit lasting some 40 days.

In addition to all this, there will be some CubeSat satellites deployed into space and even a Japanese miniature lunar lander deployed.

Here is an example of the size of the massive Artemis rocket.

The future goal of the project is to return astronauts to the moon as early as 2025!

This will include the first female astronauts on the moon.

Here is a look at some of the female astronauts who may be among the first on the moon.

In the tradition of female astronauts, we look to Russia, the USA and China. The history of female astronauts is explained in detail here.

All eyes will be on the first Artemis mission set to launch as early as Aug. 29.

Here is a great archive of the Artemis mission.

With the great success of the Apollo moon missions, we look at the history of the Russian space program and the N1 rocket, which was to send Russian cosmonauts to the moon in the 1970s.

Sadly, for them, this was not to happen as the rocket suffered a catastrophic explosion on the launch pad, ending Russia’s hopes of sending men to the moon.

Here is the Soviet N1 rocket next to the Saturn V.

The details on the Soviet N1 rocket.

NASA is set to begin a great decade of exploration with the moon and the Artemis I will help pave the way!

Here is a final video of the Artemis program.

Wishing NASA all the best.

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Upcoming launch of Artemis I moon rocket kicks off another moon quest