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NASA WILL LAUNCH THE MOST POWERFUL ROCKET IN THE WORLD- THE “SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM”

NASA WILL LAUNCH THE MOST POWERFUL ROCKET IN THE WORLD- THE “SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM”

Context

NASA is to launch the most powerful rocket in the world on January 17, 2021, named as the Space Launch System.

Details

  • The Space Launch System consists of a giant core.
  • It has two solid rocket boosters. Apart from these, the core has two large storage tanks.
  • One tank stores liquid hydrogen and the other store’s liquid oxygen.

Key Features of the Space Launch System:

  • It will carry the first woman and the next man to the moon.
  • It is 98 metres tall and has the capacity to carry more than twenty-seven tonnes.
  • It will be hauled into the Lower Earth Orbit.
  • It will generate 39.1 mega Newtons of thrust at launch which is the highest thrust level ever achieved therefore it is the most powerful rocket.

About NASA

  • It is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.
  • It is established under the National Aeronautics and Space Act 1958.

Objectives of NASA

  • To expand human knowledge of space
  • To lead the world in space-related technological innovation
  • To develop vehicles that can carry both equipment and living organisms into space
  • To coordinate with international space agencies to achieve the greatest possible scientific advancements.

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