NASA prepares a massive Moon rocket for its inaugural mission - Artemis

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In preparation for its first launch, the American space agency Nasa is deploying its enormous new Moon rocket

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The Space Launch System (SLS), a rocket that will launch on August 29th, is being transported to Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

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Future missions will transport people back to the lunar surface for the first time in more than 50 years. The initial launch is a test with no crew aboard

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The over 100m (328ft) tall SLS is transported to the pad on a massive tractor

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It began moving late on Tuesday night local time from its assembly building in Kennedy, but at a cruising speed of just over 1 km/h (under 1 mph), it might take 8 to 10 hours to go the 6.7 km (4.2 miles)

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This is a crucial time for NASA, which will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 17, the very last mission to land a person on the moon, in December

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The organization has promised to come back with its new Artemis programme and current technology. The moon goddess Artemis was the twin sister of the Greek god Apollo.

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