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It has not been. On August 29, 2022, it will not be added to the list of historical dates of the space race. Technical problems, mainly in engine 3, have led NASA to postpone in extremis the takeoff of the Artemis I mission, scheduled for today in the early afternoon. During the maneuvers, the team already noticed setbacks that led to suspending the countdown in T-40. It was finally agreed to postpone the operation, the first step in the ambitious Artemis Program.

The launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft was scheduled for 2:33 p.m. (UTC+2) peninsular time on launch pad 39 of the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida (USA), from where it was to leave to cover a six-week round trip to the Moon.

Shortly before the scheduled time, NASA detailed, however, that his team was still working on a problem in one of the four RS-25 engines from the bottom of the SLS. The setback forced the agency to “an unplanned break”. Through its official website, NASA had been pointing out for hours that the engineers were focusing on resolving the unforeseen event.

postponed in extremis

Artemis 3

As detailed by NASAengineers were working on an issue that was conditioning one of the RS-25 engines on the underside of the center stage and also evaluating “what appears to be a crack in the heat shield material on one of the stage flanges central”.

Shortly after, the US agency published a tweet confirming that takeoff had to be postponed: “The launch of Artemis I will no longer occur today as the teams are working on an issue with an engine bleed. The teams will continue to collect data and we will keep you updated on the timing of the next launch attempt.”

“The launch director halted today’s Artemis I liftoff attempt. The SLS rocket and Orion remain in a safe and stable configuration. Launch controllers were still evaluating why a purge test for the RS engines was unsuccessful. -25 from the bottom of the core stage will reach the proper temperature range for liftoff, and time ran out of the two-hour launch window,” shortly afterwards the organism advanced.

How long will we have to wait to try again?

The mission will have other launch windows in a matter of days: the September 2 and 5. It is not the first time that the mission has been forced to rethink its schedule. The initial schedule in fact contemplated that the launch would already be carried out during the first months of this year, but after several setbacks, NASA agreed to take a break with the operation.

The Artemis I mission, which was to take off today from Florida, is only the first step in NASA’s race —which works with the support of other agencies, including the European and Mexican, and private companies— so that we return to set foot on the Moon for the first time. time since 1972. There will be no astronauts on board the ship. The program will not include a human crew until the second phase, Artemis II. To step on the Moon again, yes, we will have to wait for the third phase, which points to 2025.

“Through Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and person of color on the Moon, paving the way for a long-term human presence on the Moon and serving as a springboard to send astronauts to Mars,” explains the agency. The program aims to go beyond the satellite: to establish a sustainable presence on its surface and in orbit and to lay the foundations for a lunar economy.

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It has not been. On August 29, 2022, it will not be added to the list of historical dates of…

It has not been. On August 29, 2022, it will not be added to the list of historical dates of…

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