USA: the revival of the lunar missions will start next year
It will be the first operational test of a new carrier rocket
In addition to the helicopter drone to be sent in March to Mars for NASA a new series of space exploration missions will soon begin. This is what emerged from the presentation at the Johnson Space Center, where the Vice President of the United States and head of the National Space Council Mike Pence with the researchers and technicians of NASA explained what the next lunar missions in the program will be, starting from Space Launch System (SLS) that will allow the Orion spacecraft to be send to the Moon, namely to bring the man back to the Earth satellite surface.
The first launch of the SLS vector rocket will take place in January 2019 when it will transport the unmanned Orion capsule into space, in order to verify the actual operation of the launcher and the capacity of the spacecraft to remain in orbit near the Moon, as well as to test the heat shield during re-entry into the earth's atmosphere carried out at high speeds.
If all goes well in the coming years even those who could not see Neil Armstrong put his feet on the Moon for the first time on July 20, 1969 will be able to witness the return of man on our natural satellite. Initial exploratory missions that could also lead to a further "step for humanity", because the US Space Agency would design a small space station destined for the lunar orbit, in order to use it both as an outpost for the lunar missions and for any future interplanetary flights. But for this, however, the times are not yet ripe, and we will have to wait for decades of studies and tests.
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