Not just rocket science – hidden chemistry powers the moon launch and sustains life in space

Many around the world will be watching with anticipation this Saturday as NASA launches Artemis I, the agency’s first mission to explore the moon since the 1970s.

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The spectacle features the world’s most powerful rocket: the Space Launch System (SLS). Standing nearly 100 meters tall and weighing over 2,600 tons, the SLS produces a whopping 8.8 million pounds of thrust – (more than 31 times the thrust of a Boeing 747 jet).

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