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NASA Says It’s a ‘Go’ for Launch of Artemis Moon Rocket on Sept. 3

NASA is proceeding with its schedule to launch the Artemis I moon rocket on Sept. 3 at 2:17 p.m. Florida time.

| Updated on: Sep 03 2022, 00:10 IST
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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)
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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)
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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)
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NASA is ready to launch the Artemis 1 mission on Saturday, September 3. (REUTERS)

NASA is proceeding with its schedule to launch the Artemis I moon rocket on Sept. 3 at 2:17 p.m. Florida time.

NASA originally tried to launch its Artemis I mission on Aug. 29, but called off the countdown due to a problem with one of the rocket's four main engines, as well as other technical issues.

“We are again proceeding into our Saturday launch attempt -- we're comfortable with our risk posture,” Mission Manager Michael Sarafin said at a briefing Thursday in Florida. “That said there's no guarantee that we're going to get off on Saturday, but we're going to try.”

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The weather is expected to be favorable, with a 60% chance that conditions will permit the launch, officials said.

Earlier this week, NASA officials said that if the launch attempt this Saturday is called off for reasons unrelated to the rocket's mechanics -- such as weather or air traffic -- they expected to be able to try again as soon as 48 hours later.

When NASA tried to chill down the engines in preparation for launch earlier this week, one didn't appear to be reaching the correct temperature. NASA blamed the problem on a faulty sensor that might have been providing incorrect temperature data. The space agency planned to rework its engine chill process during the next launch attempt.

“The team did absolutely the right thing on the 29th and they knocked off the operation and they knocked off the test,” Sarafin said.

The Artemis I mission will be the first major flight in NASA's ambitious plan to return to the moon, including sending the first woman and the first person of color to the lunar surface as early as 2025. Artemis I is aimed at testing out the Space Launch System core rocket, made by Boeing Co., and a new deep-space crew capsule called Orion that was developed by Lockheed Martin Corp.

When Artemis I does launch, SLS will be sending an uncrewed Orion on a multiweek mission, along with a host of payloads and sensors to track the journey.

The capsule will insert itself into lunar orbit and enter deep space before returning to Earth and splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego. NASA plans to stress test the systems ahead of later crewed missions.

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First Published Date: 03 Sep, 00:10 IST