NASA will make a new attempt to launch the powerful Artemis rocket to the Moon – News

NASA will make a new attempt to launch the powerful Artemis rocket to the Moon – News
NASA will make a new attempt to launch the powerful Artemis rocket to the Moon – News

NASA will make its second attempt to launch the rocket to the moon of the Artemis I mission, the unmanned flight that paves the way for establishing a long-term human presence on the satellite, after the first test was canceled last Monday due to problems with an engine that did not reach the right temperature .

Liftoff of the rocket with the Orion spacecraft is scheduled to take place from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida over a two-hour period beginning at 2:17 p.m. EDT. (15:17 Argentina time)but it will depend on everything working properly and the weather.

NASA reported through its website that at the beginning of Saturday afternoon the chances for that window are 60% and that, towards the end of it, the chances increase by 80%, due to the improvement of weather conditions.

The main concern is the sporadic rains, according to the latest weather report from the US Space Force.

Live broadcast in Spanish:

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The countdown was scheduled to resume on Saturday from 4:37 a.m. EDT (5:37 a.m. Argentina time), as the technical teams do not need to start the initial 46 hour and 10 minute count again because many of the settings required for the take off are already in place.

In the first test, the teams they were unable to cool all four rocket motors at about -420 degrees Fahrenheit, with the number 3 engine showing higher temperatures than the others.

They also worked on additional issues such as storms that delayed the start of propellant loading operations, a hydrogen leak during fueling and what appeared to be a crack in the connecting joints of the two main tanks.

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Of last Monday’s cancellation, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated that “it’s just part of the space business and it’s part, in particular, of a test flight.”

“We are stressing and testing this rocket and spacecraft in a way that you never would with a crew on board,” he said.

The updated procedures would carry out the engine cooling test this Saturday 30-45 minutes earlier in the countdown during the liquid hydrogen rapid fill phase.

Artemis I is the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, and ground systems at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida that will maintain communication across as the spacecraft moves towards the Moon.

Orion is expected fly further than any spacecraft has ever flown built for humans, beating the Apollo 13 distance record.

For takeoff, NASA’s most powerful rocket with a height of 98 meters will be used, almost like an Obelisk of Buenos Aires and a half.

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The mission will have a total duration of 42 days, 3 hours and 20 minutes, and seeks put the Orion capsule into lunar orbit to test the safety of future astronauts, who will include the first woman and the first black person to walk on the Moon.

NASA’s most ambitious plan to explore the Moon will begin this Saturday if all goes well, with the Artemis I mission already on the Cape Canaveral launch pad, where it is expected to more than 100,000 people attend to feel the noise of the explosion and the “chest vibration” of the most powerful rocket in history, De León described.

Even more visitors are expected than last Monday, since being the long weekend of Labor Day could exceed 200,000 people.

Full coverage of the launch live in Spanish will begin at 13 EDT (14 Argentina time) on the official channel of Youtube from NASA.

The article is in Spanish

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