NASA will make the next attempt to launch the Artemis 1 rocket in late November

After long delays and several launch cancellations, NASA has set a new date for the official launch of the Artemis 1 mission and the launch of the Space Launch System rocket into lunar orbit.

BingMag.com NASA will make the next attempt to launch the Artemis 1 rocket in late November

After long delays and several launch cancellations, NASA has set a new date for the official launch of the Artemis 1 mission and the launch of the Space Launch System rocket into lunar orbit.

According to NASA, the first step to send the giant SLS rocket into space could take place on November 14 (November 23), and the agency now has a new set of possible launch dates for the unmanned Artemis 1 mission around the moon. has announced.

The transfer of the SLS rocket complex and the "Orion" spacecraft to the launch pad will begin in the early hours of November 4 (November 13). According to the plan, the November 14 launch attempt will take place in a 69-minute night launch window that will begin at 12:07 a.m. EST (19:37 Tehran time).

Artemis 1 includes a Orion is an unmanned capsule that will go to the lunar orbit with the powerful rocket of the Space Launch System (SLS). The complex has been transferred to the launch pad several times and tested in a series of wetsuit exercises to simulate launch conditions. ) to have a chance to fly, but some technical problems and the continuation of the storm "Ian" caused this assembly to be returned to the assembly building to fix the defect and protect the launcher and spacecraft. NASA inspections now show that the rocket is almost ready for launch.

The agency said: "Technical teams are following standard maintenance procedures to repair minor insulation damage on the thermal protection system as well as charging or Replacement of rocket batteries, secondary payloads, and flight termination system will proceed." A successful launch depends on good weather and good performance of the rocket systems. For this reason, NASA has requested back-up launch opportunities for November 16 and 19 (November 25 and 28), so that activities can continue if the original date is canceled.

If Artemis 1 launches on the 14 Launched in November, the Orion spacecraft will spend a little over 25 days in lunar orbit to demonstrate its capabilities to carry a human crew on the Artemis 2 mission, and finally return to Earth on December 9.

NASA hopes that this effort can finally begin in earnest what the agency calls the Artemis Era.

Cover photo: Returning the Artemis 1 rocket and spacecraft assembly to the assembly building ( VAB)
Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

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