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Artemis I delayed again - when will the mission launch ?

By T.K. Randall
September 6, 2022 · Comment icon 33 comments



It has been a frustrating few days. Image Credit: NASA / Joel Kowsky
Following two scrubbed launches due to various issues, the likelihood of the mission going ahead this month is looking bleak.
In the run-up to August 29th, excitement surrounding the launch of Artemis I - the first step in NASA's plans to return humans to the Moon - had reached fever pitch.

On the day itself, however, a faulty sensor reading caused the launch to be scrubbed and the date was pushed back to the next window of September 3rd.

Unfortunately, this second attempt also failed due to a fuel leak, leaving a big question mark over the launch and exactly when NASA would be putting its Space Launch System (SLS) into space.

As things stand, NASA will need to conduct repairs on the rocket to ensure the same thing doesn't happen again and this is likely to take some time.
The next available launch window is September 16th to October 4th, however it is not clear exactly how long it will be before the rocket will be ready for another attempt.

There is also a potential conflict with the Space X Crew-5 flight scheduled to take off on October 3rd.

Because of this, the next launch window on October 17th could be a more likely possibility.

The delays are certainly frustrating, not least for the scientists and engineers who have been working to make Artemis a reality for the last few years.

With any luck, things will be able to go ahead as planned later on next month.



Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (33)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #24 Posted by Hyperionxvii 6 months ago
It's about 200,000 miles. I can drive there given enough time. I mean if I had my flying car. Really, it not very far compared to other celestial objects, even in our own solar system.†
Comment icon #25 Posted by pallidin 6 months ago
It's much farther than you may think. Again, every single planet in our solar system can fit, side-by-side between the Earth and the moon. Look it up. I did.
Comment icon #26 Posted by psyche101 6 months ago
That's true, but at apogee pole to pole. It's conditional. At perigee and side by side, they don't. Interesting subject you raised† † https://slate.com/technology/2015/02/scale-of-space-can-you-fit-all-the-planets-between-the-earth-and-moon.html
Comment icon #27 Posted by Emma_Acid 6 months ago
We would know.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Hyperionxvii 6 months ago
Let's do some math. According to Google Maps, it is†41 hr†(2,764 miles) from Baltimore, MD to Seattle, WA.† That makes the moon 72 times as far away, so it will take me 123 days to drive to the moon going at the top speed of 67 mph. Let's compare that to NASA getting to the moon, in a rocket traveling up to 17,000 mph. I get to he moon in 123 days. And judging by NASA's track record for the past 50 years, they will get to the moon... never.† So it's closer that I thought it was and obvious that I should drive to the moon if we ever want to get there again. † † †
Comment icon #29 Posted by Still Waters 6 months ago
NASA said Friday it would try to launch its Moon mega-rocket in November, without committing to a precise date for the much-delayed Artemis 1 mission. The US space agency, which was forced to postpone its latest liftoff attempt due to massive Hurricane Ian which hammered Florida this week, announced it was preparing its next launch window for between November 12 and November 27. "Over the coming days," NASA said in a blog post, the team will assess conditions and necessary work and "identify a specific date for the next launch attempt." Officials had so far refused to completely shut the door ... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Still Waters 5 months ago
NASA Sets New Coverage for Artemis I Moon Mission Launch NASA confirmed it remains on track for the launch of the Artemis I Moon mission during a two-hour launch window that opens at 1:04 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The†?launch countdown?will begin at 1:24 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14.†† Artemis I†is the first integrated flight test of NASAís Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, an uncrewed Orion spacecraft, and the ground systems at the agencyís Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will pave the way for a crewed test flight and future human lunar exploration as part of Artemis.† Following... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by joc 5 months ago
(Launch scheduled at 1:04 a.m. EST Nov. 16)
Comment icon #32 Posted by bmk1245 4 months ago
FINALLY! Kudos!
Comment icon #33 Posted by Still Waters 4 months ago
Continued here: †


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