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One Step Closer To the Moon: Get the First Look At NASA’s Most Powerful Mega Rocket Live Shots

NASA Interview Opportunity - One Step Closer To the Moon: Get the First Look At NASA’s Most Powerful Mega Rocket

NASA will unveil the most powerful rocket in the world March 17 as it makes its first trip to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), is ready to undergo its final round of testing with the Orion spacecraft in preparation for the launch of Artemis I, a mission that will send Orion 40,000 miles beyond the Moon, farther than any other spacecraft designed for humans has ever traveled, before it returns back to Earth.

Through Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the surface of the Moon, paving the way for a long-term lunar presence and serving as a stepping stone on the way to Mars. Although uncrewed, Artemis I will test the integrated rocket and spacecraft systems before astronauts begin flying aboard.

* Live interviews will be offered on Fri., March 18, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT with the rocket at the launch pad. Availability is limited.
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Bill Nelson / NASA Administrator
Availability: 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. EASTERN TIME

Bob Cabana / NASA Associate Administrator
Availability: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. EASTERN TIME

Suggested Anchor Intro:
Today is an exciting moment for the future of spaceflight as we get the first look at the most powerful rocket in the world, NASA’s new SLS rocket. This new mega-Moon rocket is designed for Artemis, NASA’s lunar exploration plan that will land the first woman and person of color on the Moon. The Artemis I mission will launch soon for an uncrewed test flight around the Moon. Here to talk about Artemis and the mission and give us the first look at this mighty rocket and spacecraft is NASA XXX.

Suggested Questions:
We’re getting our first look at the SLS rocket behind you right now. Can you tell us about this rocket?
Artemis I is launching soon and has a unique journey ahead of it. Can you tell us about its planned trip around the Moon?
How is Artemis going to drive the next chapter of human space exploration?
NASA has big plans for human exploration of the Moon in the near future. Can you talk about why we want to return to the Moon and what we hope to learn?
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the last human mission to the Moon. As we gear up for astronauts with the Artemis mission to step foot on the Moon, can you talk about some of the differences between these two programs?
Where can our viewers go to learn more about the SLS and Artemis program?


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Michelle Handleman (KBR Wyle Services, LLC): Producer
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Christina Brooke Mitchell (KBR Wyle Services, LLC): Lead Producer
Jessica Sansarran (NASA): Producer
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