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NASA completes rocket test of engines that could return astronauts to moon by 2024

CA, 20 Mar 2021
NASA completed a test of engines on a Boeing-built rocket on Thursday for Artemis missions that aim to return U.S. astronauts to the moon by 2024, more than half a century since the last lunar walk.

The hot fire test of the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket was to simulate a launch by firing the engines while anchored to a tower at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Thursday's test was the eighth and final test of the Green Run series to ensure the core stage of the SLS rocket is ready to launch Artemis missions to the moon, with Artemis I scheduled in November to orbit the moon with an uncrewed spacecraft -- though that date is likely to change.

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