NASA cancels launch of Artemis I mission due to engine problems


The launch of the unmanned space mission NASA’s Artemis Iconsisting of the Orion spacecraft and the rocket Space Launch System (SLS, for its acronym in English), will not finally take place this Monday due to engine problems.

This has been reported by NASA through its Twitter profile, where it has specified that its teams are working “in an engine bleeding problem“. Previously, the space agency had already paused the launch due to a problem in the number 3 engine of the central stage of the SLS.

The launch from platform 39B of the Kennedy Space Center was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (local time), in Florida (United States), but it has been delayed due to various problems until NASA has decided to cancel it and set a new date for the launch attempt. In this regard, the agency has added that the teams are collecting data and will offer more information soon.

The Artemis I mission is intended to be the first step, still without a crew, for successive missions with the ultimate goal of returning astronauts to the surface of the Moon and enabling a long-term human presence for decades to come.

The main objectives of Artemis I are to demonstrate Orion’s systems in a spaceflight environment and to ensure safe re-entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery prior to the first crewed flight in Artemis IINASA reported at a briefing on August 5.

The duration of the mission is set at between four and six weeks, with a journey of 2.1 million kilometerswith several orbits to the Earth and the Moon in its journey.


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