SLS: one of the most powerful rockets ever built leaves for the Moon

A return of Man to the Moon has never been so close. This August 29, the huge SLS launcher will propel the Orion capsule for an unmanned trip around the lunar star, a prelude to a manned launch that should allow Earthlings to set foot on the lunar soil around 2026. We invite you to follow this first take-off with us and to come and ask your questions and interact with our guests for an anthology live. Since December 1972, no human has set foot on the Moon. But progress in the fields of aeronautics and space has not stopped, and the scientific, technical and economic landscape has changed a lot today. Miniaturization, new materials, artificial intelligence… Progress in the field of propulsion, engines, communications and all the key areas related to space exploration are such that it is once again becoming possible to return more efficiently and most certainly men and women on the surface of our natural satellite. To achieve this, the main lines do not change: the most effective is to have an extremely powerful multi-stage launcher, a spacecraft in the form of a capsule placed on its top which returns to Earth by splashing down in the middle of the ocean and a trajectory similar to those calculated for the Apollo missions – the laws of celestial mechanics have not changed for 50 years… But apart from these broad outlines, a much more gigantic number of innovations and novelties have enabled the creation of a launcher, the SLS for Space Launch System, which rivals the power of the mythical Saturn V, and of a spacecraft at its summit (Orion) which promises a more reliable, more efficient lunar journey , for a larger crew. A three-step program But all of this is not done in one go. The American Artemis program, in which this human return to the Moon is part, provides for three stages. Three launches which will make it possible to verify each element, each module, each piece of data, before the sole of an astronaut (or an astronaut) marks its mark in the lunar regolith. This year, it is therefore a vessel occupied by three mannequins covered with sensors which will be propelled towards the Moon during a launch scheduled for August 29th. The objective for this flight is to put the Orion spacecraft in orbit around our satellite, to check all the parameters, all the procedures and to bring the capsule back to Earth safe and sound. If this first step is taken successfully, we are already considering a next manned flight, this time around 2024, where the crew will remain cautiously in lunar orbit, and around 2026, if all goes well, a third launch will take again humans set foot on the lunar soil. The launch of this August 29, 2022, scheduled from 2:33 p.m. (Paris time), therefore marks a new important stage in astronautics and in the history of humans in space. Don't miss this historic event and come experience it with us on the Futura networks, for a live broadcast from 1:45 p.m. and in the company of prestigious guests. Interested in what you just read?