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

Lightning struck the launch pad home of NASA’s giant Artemis 1 moon rocket several times on Saturday (April 2), but the rocket is in good health and on track for a critical test. 

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

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