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Artemis 2 Mission Rockets Forward as Core Stage Secures All Engines for Lunar Voyage

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NASA has achieved a crucial milestone in its Artemis program, installing all engines on the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for the Artemis 2 mission, slated for late 2024. (PHOTO: CNN)

SLS Rocket for Artemis 2 Mission Gets All Engines Installed, Paving the Way for Lunar Return

NASA has achieved a crucial milestone in its Artemis program, installing all engines on the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for the Artemis 2 mission, slated for late 2024.

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NASA has achieved a crucial milestone in its Artemis program, installing all engines on the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for the Artemis 2 mission, slated for late 2024. (PHOTO: CNN)

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NASA Completes Engine Installation on Core Stage for Artemis 2 Mission

NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the moon. The core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, set to carry astronauts on the first crewed moon mission in 50 years, now has all its engines in place. According to Space, technicians recently installed the fourth and final RS-25 engines on the core stage at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. This stage will power the Artemis 2 mission, scheduled for late 2024, taking four astronauts on a journey around the moon.

The RS-25 engines used for this Artemis 2 mission are a mix of old and new. Two engines are recycled from NASA’s space shuttle program, including one that serviced the Hubble Space Telescope. The other two engines are newly manufactured but contain recycled hardware. This marks a crucial step in the rocket’s assembly, with further preparations involving securing the engines and integrating propulsion and electrical systems within the structure.

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Artemis 2 Mission: NASA’s Extensive Preparations and Diverse Crew Set the Stage for Lunar Return

After assembly, the fully equipped SLS rocket will be transported to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it will undergo extensive testing at Launch Pad 39B. Notably, NASA is actively preparing for Artemis 2 mission with readiness tests, including a simulated launch day with all four crew members. This mission boasts a diverse crew, featuring NASA’s commander Reid Wiseman, pilot Victor Glover, mission specialist Christina Koch, and Canadian Space Agency specialist Jeremy Hansen.

The success of Artemis 2 mission paves the way for Artemis 3, aimed at landing astronauts on the moon in 2025 or 2026. However, this outcome depends on various factors, including NASA’s readiness, SpaceX’s lunar landing technology, and specialized spacesuits provided by Axiom Space. Moreover, the Artemis program embodies international collaboration, with numerous Artemis Accords partners contributing hardware and support. This demonstrates NASA’s commitment to global cooperation in space exploration.

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