Launch of Artemis I mission to the moon postponed to Saturday

after trying problems to cool one of the RS-25 engines of the SLS (Space Launch System) rocket, NASA will resume the launch of the unmanned mission Artemis I bound for the Moon next Saturday from Cape Canaveral on the east coast of Florida (USA)

NASA will resume the launch of the Artemis I unmanned mission to the Moon next Saturday from Cape Canaveral on Florida’s east coast.

“The teams have reviewed data from the Artemis I mission’s Monday launch attempt and are moving forward with a second launch attempt on Saturday, September 3,” the space agency announced. The new release window will open on that day from 2:17 pm local time (20:17 in Spain)”, as announced by those responsible for the space program.

The Artemis I assembly, which includes the SLS rocket and the Orion spacecraft, continues Tuesday at launch pad 39B of the Kennedy Space Center.

Artemis NASA Infographic

Artemis I. / NASA mission steps. Translated by Rolando Jelves

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Monday’s suspension was a setback for a mission that some media put at $4 billion, and which involved the debut of the SLS rocket98 meters high and the most powerful built to date, thanks to its four RS-25 engines and 2 attached propellers.

The mission aims to make a round trip to the Moon and seeks to test and calibrate the capabilities of both the SLS rocket and the Orion spacecraft.

The mission aims a trip to the moon and back and seeks to test and calibrate the capabilities of the SLS and Orion, which can accommodate up to four crew members, and with water and oxygen reserves that would allow about 20 days of independent travel.

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If the retry fails on Saturday, there is another backup opportunity for the Artemis I mission to take off in next september 5th. The mission management team will meet on Thursday to review data and overall readiness.

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