In 1969, the United States successfully landed on the moon for the first time, representing the first time that mankind had set foot on another “planet”. And in the 50 years since then, humans have not set foot on the moon again. Now, however, the United States has said it will return to the moon. Earlier reports suggested that the U.S. plan to return to the moon was named “Artemis” and that it plans to re-launch a manned moon landing in 2028. But for other reasons, NASA has advanced this point to 2024.
With today’s compact time nodes, it’s hard to accomplish this task. NASA, on the other part, is clearly not talking about it, and has prepared a lot for it.
On September 2, local time, NASA completed a test of a rocket launch booster system for the moon landing,media reported.
The ignition of the booster is carried out using new materials and processes. The booster is the most powerful booster ever built.
From the test scene video can be seen, after the ignition password issued, the tail of the booster spewed a large number of flames, and then the thrust increased, the tail spewed out of the flame gas formed a “fire column”, spewing out a few hundred meters away from the rear, the scene is quite spectacular shock.
It is not clear exactly where the U.S. will return to the moon, but it is foreseeable that the overall progress of the project will accelerate as the most critical booster tests are successful.
NASA has developed a large launch vehicle system, the SLS, equipped with the booster tested above, for the “return to the moon” program, according to network public information. With a maximum carrying capacity of 165 tons, it is the strongest launch vehicle system in history.
In addition, NASA has worked with Lockheed Martin to develop the Orion spacecraft, which has a 5-meter-diameter capsule, four times the size of an Apollo spacecraft and can carry up to six astronauts. The ship is equipped with a bit of a kind of battery panel to supply the ship’s electricity needs.
At the same time, the spacecraft after maintenance to meet the needs of re-use, but also by sea, land different ways of recycling.
And as 2024 approaches, the scene of the SLS rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft to the moon is closer to us. We just have to wait and see.