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Will we be able to launch Artemis I? Why is it taking so long to launch this mission if we have already gone to the Moon?

Last Wednesday, September 21, NASA begins fuel test Kennedy Space Center (Florida) to check whether repairs from previous tests were in good condition.

Charlie Blackwell-Thompson (Artemis Launch Manager) granted permission to proceed Officially load thrusters On a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket as part of a cryogenic demonstration test.

Storage operations began with the cooling of the core stage’s liquid oxygen transfer line, and later, the NASA team gave the green light to the slow fill stage to load the rocket with fuel and Cool Liquid Hydrogen Transfer Line (LH2).



Despite a setback in the process, the space agency fixed another hydrogen leak in a cavity in the umbilical tail service mast. the team was able problem solving by contingency mechanismBearing in mind that the hydrogen filling process can continue.

The first Artemis mission aims to test the capabilities of the first SLS and Orion spacecraft Carrying out manned voyage scheduled for 2024Where astronauts will set foot on the surface of the moon.


Orion will launch next week inside the SLS Mega rocket.

Why is there so much delay?

Scientists are careful not to lose the SLS rocket and Orion capsule in the first phase of the mission, so the various space agencies involved in the program Several tests must be done.

Artemis takes many factors into account before launching the rocket into spaceE.g. studying the SLS from the launch pad, considering returning it to the assembly building for maintenance and checking for possible fuel leaks.


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NASA decided at a meeting Saturday that the third launch attempt for Artemis I would ultimately not take place as scheduled.

The reason has nothing to do with the state of the SLS, but with Weather ForecastJoe predicts a tropical storm they named Ian, in addition, a cold front will move from north to south of the state.

Cape Canaveral in Florida is the area where NASA’s launch pad is. There, Chance of rain and thundershowers Which would significantly affect the launch of Artemis I.

In fact, US Space Force forecasts estimated that weather conditions caused The chance of launch success is reduced to 20%,

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