Lightning strikes NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar megarocket launch pad during the test

Lightning struck the launch pad of NASA’s giant Artemis 1 moon rocket several times on Saturday (April 2), but the rocket was in good condition when technicians conducted a critical test.

Four lightning strikes struck the area around Launch Pad 39B, where NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) first megarocket was undergoing a three-day refueling test known as the “wet dress rehearsal” for its Artemis 1 mission to the Moon later this year. The rocket is protected from lightning by three turrets and a catenary structure to deflect blows from the booster to the ground.

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