Lightning strikes dangerously close to NASA's new 'mega moon rocket'

NASA's Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft were undergoing a wet dress rehearsal when the launch pad was struck by lightning.

Published Tue, Apr 5 2022 5:52 AM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Apr 28 2022 4:01 AM CDT

The Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion are currently undergoing a wet dress rehearsal.

NASA confirmed that four lightning strikes landed within the perimeter of Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), where the spacecraft was executing operations for its wet dress rehearsal. The rocket and spacecraft stacked atop it are undergoing tests to prepare for the upcoming Artemis I mission to the moon. Three strikes were low intensity and struck lightning tower two, while a fourth, higher intensity strike struck tower one.

"Teams currently see no constraints to proceeding with the test countdown timeline as planned and will continue procedures to power up the SLS boosters and ICPS overnight. Overnight, engineers will also work to make up time for activities that were paused due to the severe weather," NASA wrote in a statement.

The wet dress rehearsal began on April 1st, but was since stopped on April 3rd and called off for April 4th after some issues with cryogenic tests. The wet dress rehearsal marks the last major test before the spacecraft can launch, an event which will be livestreamed by NASA on the Kennedy Newsroom YouTube channel.

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