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NASA returns the giant Artemis 1 rocket to the assembly building

BingMag.com <b>NASA</b> <b>returns</b> the <b>giant</b> <b>Artemis</b> 1 <b>rocket</b> to the <b>assembly</b> building

Now the possibility of postponing the trip to the moon after years has increased even more, and due to the problems encountered in the test of the giant rocket Artemis 1 that travels to As the moon prepares, NASA will take the launcher off the launch pad next week to the assembly building. The Orion manned spacecraft landed on platform 39B of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on March 17 (March 27, 1400) for important pre-launch tests known as the "Wet Clothes Practice." The test process began on April 1 and was scheduled to be completed 48 hours after loading the SLS with liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propulsion and performing several countdowns to the simulated launch. But several technical issues and the launch of the Ax-1 private mission on April 8 from the 39C KSC platform significantly delayed the program.

Finally, on Saturday, April 16, members of the operations team announced that Wet clothes practice will take longer than this. They plan to bring the SLS and Orion back to the giant launcher assembly (VAB) building at the Kennedy Space Center to address SLS problems, including the Artemis 1 launch tower hatch as well as hydrogen leaks at one of the tower's missile connection lines.

The return mission also allows the Kennedy Space Center gas nitrogen supply contractor to upgrade its systems, according to mission team members. The change will ultimately benefit Artemis 1's wet clothes practice and the center's other activities. The next steps. "By further analysis and making some adjustments, as well as based on the weather and some other parameters, we will determine the time for this return," said Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis's startup manager. Meanwhile, NASA's ground-based reconnaissance systems program at the Kennedy Space Center announced that the current schedule is Tuesday, April 26th. If the move is like bringing the Artemis 1 set to the launch pad last month, it will probably take about 12 hours for the rocket to be returned to the assembly building.

According to Blackwell-Thomson, it is not clear at this time what set How long will Artemis 1 stay in the building because the mission team is unsure of how much work to do?

For example, they may decide to limit their activities to the minimum required to practice wet clothes. Or they may eventually do more and make changes to help the SLS and Orion prepare for their actual launch, which is set to send the spacecraft on an unmanned mission around the moon. But the mission team will definitely finish what it started on April 1. " And we will do a wet clothes exercise. "The only question is when is the right time and what is the right way to do it." Prior to launch, this time seems unlikely, and it is unlikely that we will see the beginning of Artemis's first mission to the moon before July (mid-July). Launcher
Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

Source: Space

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