The latest attempt was made after the launch of the mega-rocket was delayed three times due to technical problems and weather conditions.
NASA’s Artemis I is preparing for another launch attempt on November 14th. The 69-minute launch window will open at 00:07 ET.
Artemis I is an uncrewed test flight that will launch the agency’s space launch system and send the Orion spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth. The new date comes after the launch of the mega-rocket was delayed three times due to factors such as weather and technical difficulties.
The first attempt in August was canceled due to a rocket engine temperature problem, and the second attempt in early September was canceled due to a fuel leak. Artemis I was later rolled back to a hangar at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to protect it from Hurricane Jan.
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The agency, which plans to return the Artemis I back to launch pad 39B as early as Nov. 4, said in a blog post Wednesday that minimal work is required to get the SLS and Orion ready for deployment.
“Teams will be performing routine maintenance to repair minor foam and plug damage to the thermal protection system, as well as recharge or replace batteries on the rocket, several additional payloads, and the flight termination system,” NASA said.
If the launch on November 14 is successful, Orion will be in space for approximately 25 and a half days, and on December 9 there will be a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. If the test is successful, the astronauts will board the Artemis II spacecraft. to fly around the moon and back as early as 2024. NASA aims to send the first woman and person of color to the surface of the moon by 2025.
If the Nov. 14 launch is cancelled, NASA’s next launch opportunities will be Nov. 16 at 1:04 a.m. and Nov. 19 at 1:45 a.m., with both attempts having a two-hour launch window.
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322 foot rocket is the most powerful NASA ever built, surpassing even the Saturn V that carried the Apollo astronauts to the Moon. Contractors who have worked on the SLS and Orion include Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne.
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The last time astronauts walked on the moon was in 1972.
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