Did you think our first trip to the moon in 1969 would be the last? You thought wrong because NASA is working toward America's next lunar trip with a brand new moon rocket that was just built in New Orleans. The massive NASA rocket launch is set for 2024 and will be tested in Mississippi, but for now it lies at the NASA Space Launch System at the Michoud Assembly Center in NOLA.\nThe new space rocket will do a test run, named Artemis I, with no crew on board. Artemis II marks the second test, with a manned space-craft and the final launch (can you see where there is going?), Artemis III is expected to transport a man and a woman to the south pole of the moon.\nNASA administrator Jim Bridenstine visited the Michoud Assembly Center to see the first of the “core stage” rockets on Monday (Dec. 8). The rocket is newly built, standing at a towering 212 feet with a 27-foot diameter.\nAt the end of the year, the rocket will be transported to the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for testing.\nIt will later reach it's final destination in Cape Canaveral, Florida to launch the Atermis III mission in 2024, landing the world's first woman on the moon.\nView this post on Instagram Wait for it... 💥 Why did engineers push this rocket tank beyond its limits — on purpose? This is an exact copy of the liquid hydrogen tank used on our Space Launch System (@NASA_SLS) rocket, which will fly #Artemis missions to the Moon. A team from @NASA_Marshall and Boeing put the tank in a 215-foot-tall test stand, fitted it with sensors and simulated the stress a rocket will experience during launch and flight. After millions of pounds of compression, tension and bending forces — 260% more than expected flight loads — engineers detected a buckling point, which then ruptured. "This data will benefit all aerospace companies designing rocket tanks,” said the SLS tank's lead engineer. This test will help safely and efficiently evolve the rocket's design for future space missions. Credit: NASA #nasa #spacelaunchsystem #moon #deepspace #pushit A post shared by NASA (@nasa) on Dec 9, 2019 at 2:39pm PST\nThe rocket is even expected to eventually venture on to Mars.\nView this post on Instagram “That's here. That's home. That's us.” – Carl Sagan Seeing Earth from space can alter an astronauts’ cosmic perspective, a mental shift known as the “Overview Effect.” First coined by space writer Frank White in 1987, the Overview Effect is described as a feeling of awe for our home planet and a sense of responsibility for taking care of it. See Earth from the vantage point of our astronauts in these perspective-changing views. Credit: NASA #NASA #space #science #earth A post shared by NASA (@nasa) on Oct 24, 2019 at 12:55pm PDT\nThis is a huge step for America so we're already counting down the days to 2024. It's like reliving the '70s but with a woman on board (because, #girlpower).\nView this post on Instagram 🎶Gravity is working against me🎶 The map shown here depicts the gravity in south pole region of the Moon. There exists a good correlation between the gravity map and topographic features such as peaks and craters. Our scientists are studying the frost locked in the soil of the Moon’s south pole region in order to prepare for future #Artemis missions to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon. Check out the link in the bio for more ⬆️ Credits: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio #NASA #Moon #Gravity A post shared by NASA (@nasa) on Jul 27, 2019 at 10:32am PDT\nIn other outer space news, the decade's last full 'cold moon' is happening on 12/12 at 12:12 a.m. (creepy, right?) and you can see it in the Eastern time zone.\nYou can actually experience the closest thing to outer space itself with this insane planetarium in Florida.\nThere are stories everywhere! If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityUSA on Facebook and Instagram.