27 marzo, 2023

Artemis I, NASA´s Back-to-the-moon mission September 3 launch gets a raincheck


Artemis I is the beginning of the return manned spaceflights to the moon, the launch which had been set for September 3, was delayed, it is an unmanned mission aiming to demonstrate Orion’s systems in a spaceflight environment and ensure a safe re-entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery prior to the first flight with crew on Artemis II.

According to the NASA website, Artemis I will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to build a long-term human presence at the Moon for decades to come, and launch was scheduled as of September 3, a few hours prior to the event, it was postponed.

This is the second time NASA puts off the launch, considering it is a very serious matter and the first time, since 1972 last Apollo’s mission that they aim to get people to the moon, during this first step security is top priority, and a new launch date will be set any time soon.

Artemis I is a flight test to launch NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and an uncrewed Orion spacecraft around the Moon before the Artemis II mission with astronauts aboard.

“This is a mission that truly will do what hasn’t been done and learn what isn’t known,” said Mike Sarafin, Artemis I mission manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “It will blaze a trail that people will follow on the next Orion flight, pushing the edges of the envelope to prepare for that mission.” 

According to NASA’s information, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA’s Artemis launch director, waived off the Artemis I launch attempt at approximately 11:17 a.m. Teams encountered a liquid hydrogen leak while loading the propellant into the rocket’s core stage.

Multiple troubleshooting efforts to address the area of the leak by reseating a seal in the quick disconnect where liquid hydrogen is fed into the rocket didn’t fix the issue; engineers are continuing to gather additional data.

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