NASA postpones mega rocket launch to the moon again, due to tropical storm
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 25 September 2022, at 09:38 am Los Angeles time
The launch of NASA's mega-rocket to the moon, already delayed twice due to technical problems, will not take place on September 27, having been postponed due to fears of tropical storm Ian.
Because of Tropical Storm Ian, which is now in the south of Jamaica, NASA is supposed to prepare the rocket to be brought into the shelter in the assembly building. A decision in this regard will be taken on Sunday.
If it is decided to put the rocket in the shelter, the operation will start on Sunday night or Monday morning, announced the American space agency.
According to the weather forecast, the storm would go up to Florida, where the Kennedy Space Center is located, from where the Artemis I mission must start.
"On Tuesday, Tropical Storm Ian is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane, close to the southwest coast of Florida. A cold front will move from north Florida to the south. As a result, there are high chances that it will rain in Florida on Tuesday, including in the Cape Canaveral area," said meteorologist Haley Brink, according to cnn.com.
Friday, October 2nd was presented as a backup release date. But it is unlikely that the date will be established until a decision is made regarding the introduction of the rocket into the shelter.
The rocket launch was canceled on Monday, August 29, then again on Saturday, September 3 due to technical problems.
The orange and white SLS rocket, which has never flown before, has been in development for more than a decade.
50 years after the last Apollo mission, Artemis 1 should allow verification that Orion, on top of the rocket, is safe to carry astronauts to the moon in the future. For this first mission, Orion will venture as far as 40,000 miles behind the Moon, further than any other manned spacecraft to date.
The main objective is to test its heat shield, the largest ever built. When returning to the Earth's atmosphere, it will have to withstand a speed of 40,000 km/h and a temperature half as hot as that of the surface of the Sun.