WASHINGTON: US space agency NASA has suspended its new rocket’s journey to the moon due to technical problems.
NASA had been preparing to send a man to the moon once in fifty years and the rocket was scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center at 8:33 am American time, but the journey was canceled due to technical problems in the final stages. has been suspended.
NASA engineers struggled to solve several technical problems, including sealing intertank cracks and providing the necessary and uniform temperatures to the engines.
The SLS is the most powerful vehicle NASA has ever built, and will be the basis of the Artemis project, which aims to return humans to the lunar surface after a 50-year absence.
NASA plans to send an experimental capsule called Orion far away from Earth The spacecraft will circle the moon in a big arc before returning to the Pacific Ocean in six weeks
Orion will go on this mission unmanned, but that assumes all hardware is working properly. Astronauts, however, will ride such vehicles into space themselves from 2024 onward for a series of more complex missions.
“Everything we’re doing with this Artemis One flight, we’re looking at what we can prove, what the Artemis Two crew did,” explained NASA astronaut Randy Bresnick. will reduce mission risk.’
The US space agency has several options for flying SLS-Orion next week, but it wants to pursue this option immediately.