WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2022 (WAM) — NASA’s gigantic Space Launch System lunar rocket carrying an unmanned astronaut capsule launched Tuesday night ahead of the month’s behemoth’s debut test flight. Started an hour-long crawl to the platform.

The 322-foot (98-meter) high rocket is scheduled to embark on its first mission into space on August 29. This will be a very important demonstration trip to the moon for NASA’s Artemis program, a multi-billion dollar US effort to bring humans back to the moon as practice for future missions to Mars.

The space launch system that Boeing (BA.N) has led the development of over the past decade emerged from the assembly building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10:00 p.m. Started firing. Trek a mile (6 kilometers) to the launch pad.

At less than 1 mile (1.6 km) per hour, deployment takes about 11 hours.

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