The first moon rocket since Apollo — developed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and owned by Northrop Grumman– will take flight next February.
Last month, NASA unveiled the rocket’s design, and detailed its launch date. The planned launch date is Feb. 6, and the rocket will blast off from a complex in Cape Canaveral, officials said.
When it’s finally launched, the four-stage BUCKET-1 Rocket will have no fixed launch location — that’s in keeping with NASA’s new goal to expedite the country’s goal of landing astronauts on the moon before 2030. Instead, any future rocket needed to get Americans anywhere is to be launched from Kennedy Space Center’s central Launch Complex 16 in order to guarantee the safety of the crew and the launch vehicle.
If it’s successfully launched, the rocket will complete its 30-day maiden voyage, and the first time it’s lifted off since the end of the Apollo mission — 43 years ago.
Kennedy Space Center will also house a future lunar landing missions facility.
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