NASA is delaying the launch of its next-generation lunar rocket
by Joey Roulette
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – The first launch of the Artemis program’s giant next-generation rocket, earmarked for long-term travel to the moon, has been pushed back to Friday as a precaution after a possible leak from a NASA tank was spotted, known on Monday given.
The US space agency had just a two-hour window Monday to conduct its first unmanned test flight to the moon from Cape Canaveral.
The next shooting windows are Friday 2nd September or if this is not possible Monday 5th September. If there were another failure, the flight would be postponed to the end of September.
The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is expected to propel an unmanned capsule called Orion for a six-week test flight around the Moon to prepare the two devices to reach cruising speed for a manned mission planned for 2024.
Five decades after the end of the Apollo mission era, the SLS rocket is considered the most powerful and complex in the world. It is the most massive vertical launch system NASA has built for Apollo since the Saturn V rocket.
If the first two Artemis missions are successful, NASA plans to send astronauts to the moon in 2025, including a woman for the first time. However, many experts believe that this timeframe should be longer.
We have to go back to 1972 to find traces of the last human footsteps on the moon as part of the Apollo 17 mission.
The Artemis program aims to enable the establishment of a long-term base on the Moon to undertake voyages to Mars – a hypothesis NASA is considering for the post-2030 horizon.
(Report by Joey Roulette; French version by Jean Terzian and Tangi Salaün, edited by Sophie Louet)
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