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NASA: In mid-November NASA is going to start their lunar mission. In this sequence, its largest rocket ever made its way to the launch pad for its final stop. After facing several technical and meteorological issues, NASA is finally confident of launching its much-awaited Artemis 1 moon mission on November 14.
The US space agency has set a target of November 14 for its third attempt to launch a larger and next-generation rocket ship. NASA had to postpone two of its launch attempts on August 29 and September 3 as part of safety regulations due to the threat posed by Hurricane Ian and deteriorating weather conditions. Because of this, the giant rocket was forced to return to its hangar last month.
The Artemis 1 mission consists of the Large Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft. It was moved back to Pad 39B from NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for launch at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The process took place on Friday (November 4) around 9:30 pm.
Announcing the new launch date, NASA said in a statement that it still had to perform standard maintenance on its launch pad, including repairing minor damage to insulation material and recharging or replacing the rocket’s batteries. Also, its satellite payload and flight-termination systems need to be worked on.
NASA officials previously said a hydrogen fuel leak caused a nearly three-hour liftoff. The final countdown had to be recalculated. The new 69-minute window for the Nov. 14 launch of the Artemis I mission is scheduled to open at 12:07 a.m. EST (0407 GMT), NASA said. It has scheduled 16 and 19 November as a backup of two hours.
SLS, Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation worked together to develop this rocket system for NASA. Billions of dollars were spent on its construction, but now the delay in launching has increased its cost. Artemis I is a major mission following NASA’s Apollo manned spaceflight program. It will be an unmanned test flight to the Moon and the Orion capsule will land on its surface. This is the first lunar mission since the Apollo missions.
According to ancient Greek mythology, the goddess Artemis is actually Apollo’s twin sister. They are both daughters of the Greek mythological god Zeus. Artemis aims to carry astronauts to the lunar surface by 2025. However, many experts feel that despite the success of the current mission, the task will likely take more time. With this, NASA is one step ahead of this mission in the visionary hope of other ambitious human space flights after the Moon.
NASA: Releasing its largest rocket in preparation for a mid-November moon launch attempt