NASA Moon Rocket Artemis 1: NASA is ready to launch Artemis 1 for its Moon mission on 14 November. According to NASA officials, the largest rocket ever to take flight has headed for its final stop on the launch pad. The space agency is ready for another attempt to land the Artemis 1 mission. NASA has fixed November 14 as the day for its uncrewed test mission. As per a CNN report, the launch will be live streamed on the NASA website.
Significantly, NASA had to abort its first two launch attempts on 29 August and 3 September under safety rules due to Hurricane Ian and bad weather. Now NASA has set a target of November 14 for the third attempt to launch its largest and next generation rocket.
9 hour journey
The Space Launch System rocket began an hours-long trek of 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from its indoor shelter to Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida late Thursday (Nov. 3). According to the CNN report, it reached its destination after about 9 hours.
Hurricane heading towards Florida
According to a NASA official, the Artemis team is again monitoring a storm, which may move towards Florida. However, the officials feel confident to go ahead with the rollout. The US Air Force launch weather officer at Cape Canaveral said the unidentified storm could develop near Puerto Rico over the weekend and gradually move to the northwest early next week.
Mission expected to continue for 25 days
This is NASA’s most important step to bring astronauts back to the Moon by 2025. The space agency is nearing the 50th anniversary of its last manned moon landing. The Artemis 1 mission is expected to pave the way for other missions. After takeoff on the moon, the Orion capsule designed to carry astronauts. As soon as it reaches space, it will be different. The mission is expected to last for 25 days.
Delay in launch increased cost
SLS, Boeing Company and Lockhee Martin Corp worked together to make this NASA rocket system. Billions of dollars were spent to make it and now the delay in launch has increased its cost further. Artemis 1 is a major mission after NASA’s Apollo manned spaceflight program. It will be an unmanned test flight to the Moon and will land the Orion capsule on its surface. This is the first lunar mission after the Apollo mission.
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