Artemis; Launch aborted

ARTEMIS I; Foundation for Human Deep Space Exploration

NASA on August 29, 2022 called off the launch of its ambitious colossal rocketship (Artemis) it hopes will one day fly astronauts back to the moon, more than a half-century after Apollo’s last lunar mission.

As the launch teams began a test that would have cooled the engines for liftoff, one of them did not cool as expected.

Reports said that NASA would try to launch its new Moon rocket on Saturday. The scientists at NASA believe they now understand why the issue occurred. They think it is likely related to an inaccurate sensor reading and that they can develop a strategy to deal with the problem on launch day.

“The launch director halted today’s Artemis I launch attempt at approximately 8:34 a.m. EDT. The Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft remain in a safe and stable configuration. Launch controllers were continuing to evaluate why a bleed test to get the RS-25 engines on the bottom of the core stage to the proper temperature range for liftoff was not successful, and ran out of time in the two-hour launch window,” Nasa said.

All eyes were on the historic Launch Complex 39B when the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket lift off for the first time as part of the Artemis I mission from NASA’s modernized Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch date Launch date: Aug. 29, 2022.

NASA has the option to try again on Friday, if the engine issue can be resolved by then.

Artemis I, formerly Exploration Mission-1, will be the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration and to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.

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