NASA reschedules Artemis I Mission to Moon after shocking delays and huge waste of money | Tech News

NASA reschedules Artemis I Mission to Moon after shocking delays and huge waste of money

NASA has reportedly rescheduled the Artemis I Mission after postponing the launch twice due to malfunctions. Here's what the space agency has planned.

| Updated on: Sep 09 2022, 15:02 IST
In Pics: NASA set to return to the Moon with the Artemis 1 Mission
NASA’s Artemis 1 mission.
1/5 According to NASA, Artemis I will be the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. The Orion capsule will carry various objects like Snoopy dog toy which will fly as a zero-gravity indicator in the capsule. A new version of Alexa called Callisto created by Lockheed Martin, Amazon, and Cisco will also be aboard the spacecraft. (REUTERS)
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2/5 The Artemis Programme is NASA’s first attempt to send a manned mission to the Moon since the Apollo missions in 1972. Earlier this month, NASA administrator Bill Nelson said, “To all of us that gaze up at the Moon, dreaming of the day humankind returns to the lunar surface, folks, we're here. We are going back.” (REUTERS)
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3/5 The rocket and the Orion spacecraft have already been rolled out onto the launchpad on August 16. Although the rollout was scheduled to happen today on August 18, NASA moved up the plans and rolled out the Orion spacecraft on top of NASA’s brand-new Space Launcher System. (REUTERS)
NASA’s Artemis 1 mission.
4/5 When NASA launches the Artemis 1 mission using the Space Launcher System on August 29, the Orion spacecraft, although unmanned, will carry 3 manikins called Zohar, Helga and Campos to space as human stand-ins for various tests and studies. They will be retrofitted with a vast number of sensors to conduct tests regarding the spaceflight. (NASA)
NASA’s Artemis 1 mission.
5/5 ason Hutt, NASA lead for Orion Crew Systems Integration said, “It’s critical for us to get data from the Artemis I manikin to ensure all of the newly designed systems, coupled with an energy dampening system that the seats are mounted on, integrate together and provide the protection crew members will need in preparation for our first crewed mission on Artemis II.” (NASA)
NASA’s Artemis 1 mission.
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NASA may reschedule Artemis I mission again. Space agency eyes late September dates for launch attempt. (REUTERS)

NASA has attempted to launch the Artemis I Mission twice but both attempts were unsuccessful. The space agency was first scheduled to launch the mission on August 29 from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. However, disaster struck and one of the four RS-25 engines of NASA's new Space Launch System malfunctioned, causing the launch to be scrubbed. NASA made another attempt to launch the Orion spacecraft again on September 3 but it was scrubbed again. Now, the space agency has rescheduled the mission altogether.

The recent fiascos have caused a huge amount of backlash with many targeting NASA for the huge waste of public money on this project.

Now, it seems that NASA is adamant on finally fixing issues before it makes another launch attempt. NASA will replace the seals between the rocket and its fuel lines to prevent any hydrogen leak, like it happened last time. The space agency has chosen two dates in late September to make another launch attempt. NASA has chosen either September 23 or September 27 as the launch dates to prevent any clash with the DART test which is expected to take place on September 26.

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NASA's previous attempts to launch Artemis I mission

According to NASA, August 29's launch was postponed due to a malfunction in the core stage of one of the four RS-25 engines of the Space Launch System (SLS). Before the launch, the four engines are bled with liquid nitrogen as well as hydrogen to prepare them for launch. However, Nasa engineers noticed that one of the RS-25 engines was not bleeding properly. Additionally, engineers also detected a “leak” in the inner tank of the upper stage. There was a visible build-up of ice and frost and a trail of vapour could be seen.

NASA's Artemis 1 launch was scrubbed again on September 3 due to yet another issue. As soon as NASA engineers sent a command to fill the hydrogen tanks, the alert went up and a hydrogen leak in the tanks was spotted. Even after numerous attempts to repair the leak, the team were unsuccessful and the launch was scrubbed again.

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First Published Date: 09 Sep, 15:00 IST