Huge NASA rocket launch damages launch pad (video)
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When the world's most powerful rocket goes into space, anything can happen.
The world's most powerful Space Launch System booster damaged the launch pad and blew the lift doors off the launch tower during a launch last week, according to a NASA statement. Technology has its own Telegram channel. Subscribe for the latest and exciting news from the world of science!
The Artemis 1 mission, the first stage of the NASA Artemis lunar program, began with the launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, as I wrote < em>Focus. This rocket launched the Orion spacecraft, as well as another payload, into Earth orbit. The spacecraft itself has already reached the Moon and continues its flight, which will end on December 11, as Focus already wrote.
As for the other spacecraft that flew into space with him, they are also, with the exception of one, as Focus< /em> continue their mission in space.
Although the rocket launch itself was successful, NASA is still assessing the damage that the SLS launch caused to surrounding objects. This is necessary in order to understand what the space agency will face during rocket launches as part of the Artemis 2 mission in 2024. Then the rocket will launch the Orion spacecraft into space already with the astronauts on board, and they will fly around the moon as well as in the current mission.
“Actually, the damage to the launch pad was insignificant. But this just shows us what can happen anything as the world's most powerful rocket takes off,” says NASA's Mike Sarafin.
The launch pad protection systems worked as intended, Sarafin said, but the coating of the launch tower peeled off in some places due to the powerful launch of the rocket. Also, the doors in the lifts of the launch tower were torn out by the shock wave.
“These lifts are not working yet, but we will restore them,” says Sarafin.
According to Sarafin, engineers are going to make changes to the launch system of the rocket during the launch of the Artemis 2 mission.
“We take this very seriously. The safety of our astronauts is paramount,” says Sarafin.