In Science and Space: NASA and America are on the verge of a space renaissance with the maiden voyage of the Space Launch System rocket, part of NASA’s Artemis program. Neil Armstrong’s moon landing and launch of the International Space Station. The Space Launch System rocket will use it to launch inspiration to bring humans back to the moon and eventually to Mars. This generation of explorers is sure to make discoveries that were previously unthinkable.
Experience is essential to understanding past failures and successes and applying those lessons to the future. Innovation is the key to driving technological development and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Now we are witnessing a renaissance for the US space program. Leveraging both the experience and innovation of previous programs, we will pave the way for the next generation of space exploration.
As vice president of Apollo, Skylab, the International Space Station, the Space Transportation System (the Space Shuttle), and the Space Launch System (SLS), I have witnessed the evolution of American space tourism. Human spaceflight is extremely complex, and although we are witnessing new adventures these days, the complexity and risks of space exploration should not be taken for granted or downplayed. This new chapter in the space program is a miracle and I have never been more excited about our future in space.
When the SLS program took off in earnest in 2012, NASA’s Michoud assembly facility in New Orleans needed a major modernization to transform it into the modern, world-class rocket factory it is today. I was doing it. Simultaneously with these upgrades, the New Orleans area was hit by five of her hurricanes. These setbacks have led to today’s trajectory, the emergence of an unmanned launch that made its first attempt in August 2022, and after data from that important first mission were collected and studied, the following years A manned launch window was set up. Despite these challenges, the SLS has followed a similar development path as the Space Shuttle and Apollo.