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NASA eyes September 3 for Artemis I Moon Mission launch; Know LIVE stream details and more

NASA is preparing to launch the Artemis I mission on September 3, which is the first step in the next era of human exploration of the moon. Know the details here.

| Updated on: Sep 01 2022, 19:45 IST
NASA: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter makes astonishing discovery
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1/6 The lunar pits found by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have mild temperatures, drastically different from the extreme conditions on the surface of the Moon. The temperatures in these caves are nearly 17 degree Celsius almost at all times. (NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University)
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2/6 NASA Moon recently tweeted, "Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images of pits indicate that the Moon has caves. Could they become astronaut habitats? Scientists have discovered that parts of the pits are always about 63°F (17°C), differing from extreme temperatures at the Moon's surface". (NASA)
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3/6 The surface temperatures on the Moon can go from an extremely high 127 degrees Celsius and as low as -173 degrees Celsius. "The pits, and caves to which they may lead, would make thermally stable sites for lunar exploration compared to areas at the Moon's surface, which heat up to 260 F (about 127 C) during the day and cool to minus 280 F (about minus 173 C) at night,” NASA Moon tweeted further. (NASA)
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4/6 First discovered in 2009, these lunar pits could potentially be used as location for a first Moon Base. Not only are the temperatures moderate, but these pits could also provide protection against cosmic rays, solar radiation and micrometeorites, according to NASA. (AP)
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5/6 LRO Project Scientist Noah Petro of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said, “Lunar pits are a fascinating feature on the lunar surface. Knowing that they create a stable thermal environment helps us paint a picture of these unique lunar features and the prospect of one day exploring them.” (NASA)
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6/6 The particular pit used to analyze the thermal properties by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was in an area of the Moon known as the Mare Tranquillitatis. It is 100-meters deep and as wide as a football field. According to scientists, the overhang of the pit is responsible for creating shadows on the Moon and maintaining a temperature of nearly 17 degrees Celsius at all times. (NASA)
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NASA’s long-awaited voyage to the Moon will launch on September 3. (AFP)

A few days after some technical issues thwarted the first attempt to launch the spacecraft, US space agency NASA has set September 3 for the launch of the next-generation moon rocket mission Artemis I. This flight test is an uncrewed mission around the Moon that will pave the way for a crewed flight test and future human lunar exploration. Now, on September 3rd, NASA and the whole team of the Artemis I mission are set to jump-start the spacecraft. Here's all you need to know about NASA Artemis I moon mission.

NASA Artemis I moon mission launch date

As per the latest information, NASA has finally targetted 2:17 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 3, for the Artemis I launch. It will be the first integrated test of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, Orion spacecraft, and the ground systems at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA says that there is a two-hour launch window for the second attempt.

NASA Artemis I: LIVE streaming

The live coverage of events will be aired on NASA Television, the NASA app, as well as Facebook, Twitch, NASA YouTube, and in 4k on NASA's UHD channel. You can visit here - However, the countdown for the launch will begin on Saturday, at the opening of a planned 2.5-hour built-in hold at 4:37 a.m. EDT.

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What happened during the first attempt of NASA Artemis I mission

NASA confirmed that mission managers discussed data and developed a forward plan to address issues that arose during an Aug. 29 launch attempt for the flight test. The team noticed a hydrogen leak on a component. Mission teams are currently analyzing the data, updating procedures, and checking out hardware to address the issues.

"In the coming days, teams will modify and practice propellant loading procedures to follow a procedure similar to what was successfully performed during the Green Run at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi," NASA said in a blog post.

For the next launch attempt, meteorologists with the U.S. Space Force Space Launch Delta 45 will let the agency know if weather condition are favorable.

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First Published Date: 01 Sep, 19:45 IST