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Artemis I delayed again - when will the mission launch ?

By T.K. Randall
September 6, 2022 · Comment icon 22 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 (22)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 19 days ago
Not looking good for NASA and the new space race. †Wouldnít be surprised China already has a base on the moon.
Comment icon #14 Posted by joc 19 days ago
I wouldn't be surprised if Musk already has a base on the moon. 'Hi, Elon Musk, what took you all so long?'
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin 19 days ago
What?? †
Comment icon #16 Posted by pallidin 19 days ago
This will be a full restart of Artemis 1 after they fix the leak. †
Comment icon #17 Posted by Jon the frog 19 days ago
Yeah they are tring for sure, but are they building #2 already or they are waiting to fix the issue of Artemis 1 and launch before to sort out problems ?†
Comment icon #18 Posted by Robotic Jew 19 days ago
They should just put me on it and shoot it off. I'll fix whatever happens along the way.
Comment icon #19 Posted by pallidin 18 days ago
You got it. Artemis 1 is an extremely serious test mission. Uncrewed and a bazillion special sensors.
Comment icon #20 Posted by pallidin 18 days ago
Say, does everyone know just how far the moon is from earth? This will completely blow your mind: every planet in our own solar system, side-by-side can fit between our earth and the moon, including Jupiter, Saturn, etc... That's how far away our moon is. This is a very serious flight-test mission. †
Comment icon #21 Posted by Still Waters 13 hours ago
NASA has called off the scheduled Tuesday launch of its historic uncrewed mission to the Moon due to a tropical storm that is forecast to strengthen as it approaches Florida. After two previously canceled launch attempts, NASA is weighing returning the Artemis 1 mission rocket to its assembly site under the threat of extreme weather. "NASA is forgoing a launch opportunity... and preparing for rollback (from the launchpad), while continuing to watch the weather forecast associated with Tropical Storm Ian," it said on Saturday. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Ian is due to "rapidly i... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by joc 12 hours ago
You just never know about a Hurricane in the Gulf when the temperatures are so hot.† Some cooler air is set to move in but that isn't really going to thwart Hurricane Ian.† Better just to move it and plan ahead for another opportunity.††

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