New York (The Verge) — NASA finally rolls out completed core of its massive new rocket theverge.com/2020/1/8/21057….
NASA has rolled out the completed core section of its massive new rocket, the Space Launch System. The core stage, manufactured in New Orleans, Louisiana, is now heading to Mississippi where it will undergo a crucial test.
The Space Launch System, or SLS, is a critical part of NASA’s Artemis program, an initiative to return humans to the surface of the Moon by 2024. When it’s complete, it’ll be the most powerful rocket in the world, rivaling that of the Saturn V rocket that took the first astronauts to the Moon. However, the rocket has yet to actually fly. The SLS has been in development for most of the last decade, experiencing multiple delays and rising costs. Originally, the monster rocket was meant to debut as early as 2017; now, it probably won’t launch until 2021 at the earliest. — Loren Grush/@verge