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NASA reveals next launch attempt for Artemis I

NASA reveals next launch attempt for Artemis I

NASA Artemis I Gearing up for another launch attempt on November 14th. The 69-minute launch window will open at 12:07 a.m. ET.

Artemis I is an unmanned test flight that will launch the agency’s Space Launch System and send the Orion spacecraft around the Moon and back to Earth. The new date comes after Megarocket’s take-off was postponed three times due to factors including weather and technical difficulties.

The First attempt in August Because of a rocket engine temperature problem, while Second attempt in early September It was rubbed due to a fuel leak. I was Artemis later Rolled into its own hangar At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to protect it from Hurricane Ian.

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The agency, which plans to bring Artemis I back to Launch Pad 39B as early as November 4, said in a blog post on Wednesday that minimal work is required to prepare the SLS and Orion for its rollout.

“Teams will perform standard maintenance to repair minor damage to the foam and cork on the thermal protection system and recharge or replace the batteries on the rocket, several secondary payloads, and the flight termination system,” NASA said.

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If the November 14 launch is successful, Orion will travel into space for 25 and a half days with water splashing into the Pacific Ocean on December 9. Assuming the test goes well, the astronauts will board the ship for Artemis II. Fly around the moon and back as soon as possible by 2024. NASA aims to send the first woman and person of color to the lunar surface by 2025.

If the November 14 launch is cancelled, NASA’s next launch chances will be November 16 at 1:04 a.m. and November 19 at 1:45 a.m., with two-hour launch windows on both attempts.

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The 322 ft rocket It is the most powerful spacecraft NASA has ever built, outperforming even the Saturn V that took Apollo astronauts to the Moon. Contractors who have worked on SLS and Orion include Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rockettin.

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BA Boeing Company 130.42 -1.15 -0.87%
No objection certificate Northrop Grumman Corp. 492.30 -14.85 -2.93%
LMT Lockheed Martin Corporation. 397.42 -13.64 -3.32%

The last time astronauts walked on the moon was in 1972.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.