NASA launched another attempt to launch the Artemis I mission

In November, NASA plans to make another attempt to launch the massive Space Launch System lunar rocket, which until the last moment was sheltered from the raging tropical storm Yen.

NASA specialists are hard at work on the Artemis I mission, and “putting vague doubts aside” a new launch attempt has begun. The launch vehicle and spacecraft are nearly ready for launch, the agency said, and will be delivered to the launch pad in early November to head to the moon later that month.

NASA Space Launch System rocket on the launch pad. Source: NASA

The Artemis I mission was scheduled to launch in late August on a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. She was supposed to send the Orion capsule into space and into orbit around our satellite. The purpose of the unmanned expedition is to test the vehicle’s systems for flights into space and prepare the basis for future manned flights.

In late August, the first launch attempt was aborted due to problems with the propulsion system. The second attempt in early September also ended in failure. This was due to a leak of liquid hydrogen in one of the quick couplers for fuel supply, which is disconnected seconds before liftoff. At the end of September, NASA was preparing to conduct another launch attempt. But this was prevented by tropical storm Yen, which gained strength in the western Caribbean. NASA decided not to take risks and hid the Space Launch System in the parish building from the raging elements.

Over the past week, NASA specialists have carefully inspected the launch vehicle and spacecraft. As a result of the check, it was found that in order to carry out a new launch, it is necessary to carry out a minimum of work. The rocket is scheduled to depart for its launch site at the Kennedy Space Center on November 4, with a 69-minute launch window set to appear shortly after midnight on November 14.

If successful, the launch will mark the start of a 26-day program that will conclude on December 8 with the descent of the Orion capsule onto a landing pad in the Pacific Ocean.

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Journal Newatlas, Twitter


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