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NASA moon rocket on track for launch despite lightning hits


August 29, 2022

Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel

Thunderstorms roll in at Launch Complex 39 near Artemis I, NASA's Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's new moon rocket remained on track to blast off on a crucial test flight Monday, despite a series of lightning strikes at the launch pad.

The 322-foot (98-meter) Space Launch System rocket is the most powerful ever built by NASA. It's poised to send an empty crew capsule into lunar orbit, a half-century after NASA's Apollo program, which landed 12 astronauts on the moon.

Astronauts could return to the moon in a few years, if this six-week test flight goes well. NASA officials caution, however, that the risks are high and the flight could be cut short.


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