NASA Artemis 1 launch Highlights: After delay, second attempt at Moon mission on Saturday
NASA Artemis 1 Moon Mission delayed Highlights: NASA will attempt for a second time to launch the Artemis 1 on Saturday, September 3. The Moon mission had been postponed due to a malfunctioning RS-25 engine on the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.
Artemis 1 ran into trouble as team engineers noticed that one of the engines had an issue with the liquid hydrogen. The launch director had signed off on a plan to troubleshoot one of the RS-25 engines which was malfunctioning. But the troubleshooting plan did not work. The countdown clock was put on hold at T-40 minutes as the hydrogen team discussed options with the launch director. Here is a full recap of what went wrong during the mission.
Artemis I is an uncrewed mission that will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to the Moon, eventually taking humans back to Earth’s lone satellite. During the mission, NASA will demonstrate the performance and capabilities of its most powerful launch vehicle ever, the Space Launch System (SLS), and the Orion crew capsule. During the approximately six-week-long mission, SLS and Orion will travel a distance of around 65,000 kilometres to the Moon and back.
NASA's critical Artemis 1 mission has been delayed. The rocket was supposed to take off yesterday -- the first step in part of NASA's mission to put humans back to the Moon-- but the launch did not take place due to an issue with one of the engines. According to the space agency, there was inadequate flow of liquid hydrogen to one of the rocket’s four engines and the hydrogen team was not able to fix the problem. The next possible launch date is September 2, though NASA has not confirmed if they will carry out the mission on this particular date.
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