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NASA unveils new megarocket to be launched from Space Coast


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STEWART: IT’S THE WORLD’S LARGEST, AND IT’S COMING HERE TO CENTRAL FLORIDA, TO BE LAUNCHED PAST THE MOON. WESH 2‘S DAN BILLOW REPORTS, THAT LAUNCH COULD COME NEXT YEAR. DAN: JUST THE CORE STAGE OF THE NEW SLS ROCKET IS MORE THAN 20 STORIES TALL BIGGER BY ITSELF THAN THE FALCON-9 AND ATLAS ROCKETS NOW LAUNCHING FROM THE CAPE. AND THE SLS WILL ADD A SECOND STAGE AND SPACECRAFT TO REACH , 32-STORIES TALL FOR LAUNCH. THE SLS WILL BE THE ONLY ROCKET CAPABLE OF CARRYING AN ORION SUPPLIES, ALL TO THE MOON ON ONE LAUNCH. BUT THE MOON IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP.>>THE MOON IS THE PROVING GROUND. HOW DO WE PROVE THE TECHNOLOGIES, PROVE THE CAPABILITIES, USE THE TECHNOLOGY AND RESOURCES AND THEN GO ON TO , MARS? DAN: THE ROCKET IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN A LOUISIANA FACTORY WHERE SPACE SHUTTLE FUEL TANKS WERE BUILT. LOOKING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ROCKET, YOU CAN SEE FOUR OPENINGS. THAT’S WHERE FUEL WILL FLOW INTO FOUR ENGINES, TO PRODUCE TWO MILLION POUNDS OF THRUST. THE NEXT JOB FOR WORKERS HERE IS TO ADD THOSE ENGINES.>>THE WHOLE JOURNEY OF BEING HERE AND LIVING THROUGH THE ASSEMBLY AND FOLLOWING IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH LAUNCH, IT IS LIVING A DREAM. IT IS EXCITING, REALLY EXCITING AREA DAN: THE ROCKET’S FIRST LAUNCH FROM THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER IS TENTATIVELY SET FOR LATE NEXT YEAR. IT’LL TAKE AN ORION SPACECRAFT BEYOND AND AROUND THE MOON IN A , TEST FLIGHT WITH NO ASTRONAUTS ONBOARD. THE TEST LAUNCH WILL BRING WAVES

NASA unveils new megarocket to be launched from Space Coast

NASA has unveiled its new megarocket. It’s the world’s largest, and it’s coming to Central Florida to be launched past the moon.The core stage of the new SLS rocket is more than 20 stories tall, bigger by itself than the Falcon 9 and Atlas rockets now launching from the Cape. The SLS will add a second stage and spacecraft to reach 32 stories tall for launch. The SLS will be the only rocket capable of carrying an Orion spacecraft, astronauts and supplies to the moon on one launch, but the moon is only the first step.”The moon is the proving ground. How do we use the technology and resources and then go on to Mars,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. The rocket is still under construction in a Louisiana factory where space shuttle fuel tanks were built. At the bottom of the rocket, there are four openings where fuel will flow into four engines to produce 2 million pounds of thrust. The next job for workers at the build site is to add those engines.The rocket’s first launch from the Kennedy Space Center is tentatively set for late next year. It’ll take an Orion spacecraft beyond and around the moon in a test flight with no astronauts onboard. That launch could draw the largest crowds of spectators since the Apollo days.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —

NASA has unveiled its new megarocket.

It’s the world’s largest, and it’s coming to Central Florida to be launched past the moon.

The core stage of the new SLS rocket is more than 20 stories tall, bigger by itself than the Falcon 9 and Atlas rockets now launching from the Cape.

The SLS will add a second stage and spacecraft to reach 32 stories tall for launch.

The SLS will be the only rocket capable of carrying an Orion spacecraft, astronauts and supplies to the moon on one launch, but the moon is only the first step.

“The moon is the proving ground. How do we use the technology and resources and then go on to Mars,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

The rocket is still under construction in a Louisiana factory where space shuttle fuel tanks were built. At the bottom of the rocket, there are four openings where fuel will flow into four engines to produce 2 million pounds of thrust.

The next job for workers at the build site is to add those engines.

The rocket’s first launch from the Kennedy Space Center is tentatively set for late next year.

It’ll take an Orion spacecraft beyond and around the moon in a test flight with no astronauts onboard. That launch could draw the largest crowds of spectators since the Apollo days.

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