It’s gone, and it’s been gone for some time. The NASA has just published a “stage” press release on the evolution of the Artemis program (return missions to the Moon) and we note that despite the vagueness surrounding the exact schedule of these future missions, the manufacture of SLS launchers (Space Launch System) continues at a good pace.
NASA thus notes “great progress in building the SLS for Artemis 2”, and also confirms that the Artemis 3 launcher, ie the one that will send American astronauts back to the Moon, has also entered its construction and testing phase. Even better, the American space agency has started producing elements for the SLS of the Artemis 4 mission!
Above, a large part of the Main Stage of the SLS of the Artemis 2 mission, the manufacture of which was entrusted to Boeing. Ultimately, this floor will be 61 meters high with a diameter of 8.4 meters. © Nasa
Remember that the SLS should make its first flight on February 15. The Artemis 3 mission, which will take new astronauts to the Moon, is scheduled for 2025, 2026 at the latest. Suffice to say that NASA can no longer afford to drag on the road.