NASA plans Artemis 1 launch in November On Friday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that it would try to launch its Moon mega-rocket in November of this year. The United States space agency did not specify a particular timetable for the Artemis 1 mission, which has been significantly delayed.
After being forced to delay its most recent attempt at liftoff due to the powerful Hurricane Ian that pounded Florida this week, the United States Space Agency revealed that it was preparing its next launch window for between November 12 and November 27. This comes after the agency was forced to delay its most recent liftoff attempt due to the storm.
NASA stated in a blog post that within the following few days, the team will evaluate the current circumstances as well as the work that needs to be done in order to “establish a particular date for the next launch attempt.”
This is the first mission that NASA has sent to the moon in the past half a century. In the next decades, NASA’s Artemis I will be the first of a series of missions that will steadily increase in complexity as they work to establish a permanent human presence on the Moon.
The mission has been plagued with setbacks, and NASA has already attempted to launch the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission twice—once in late August and once in early September—but both times, they were forced to abort the launches owing to technical issues at the very last minute.
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On the blog, NASA also said that crews at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida had completed first inspections on Friday to analyze potential consequences from Hurricane Ian. These checks were carried out in preparation for the storm.
There was no damage to the flight hardware used by Artemis, and the facilities are in fine shape despite the identification of some small water penetration in a few different areas.