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Lightning struck Artemis I mission’s megarocket launch pad during test

Lightning struck Artemis I mission’s megarocket launch pad during test

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Four lightning strikes hit the lightning towers of the Space Launch System (SLS) over the weekend

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NASA plans to send a woman and a person of color to the Moon by 2025 as part of its Artemis Program

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and plans to send a mission as early as next month with dummy torsos and life-sized manikins to measure the radiation levels that the astronauts are likely to face during the mission.

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In preparation for this mission, NASA scheduled a dress rehearsal at its launch pad 39B between the 1st and 5th of April that includes fuelling the giant rocket with liquid fuels. 

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On April 2nd, NASA confirmed that three minor bolts of lightning had struck the launch site

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A fourth, higher intensity strike hit tower one when the core stage of the rocket and the Orion spacecraft in which the crew are scheduled to travel were powered up. 

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