Last Monday, August 29, the POT made his first attempt launch the Artemis I mission, an unmanned spacecraft. However, the attempt was unsuccessful, as engine failure prevented the launch. Now, NASA will try again this Saturday.
This has been announced through the official NASA Twitter profile, where it has been detailed that the takeoff window of the ship that will travel to the Moon will start at 2:17 p.m. (at 8:17 p.m. in Spain) on Saturday, September 3.
The Space Agency has detailed que the failure that prevented the launch from being carried out of the Artemis I was related to one of the four engines of the central stage of the SLS. Specificthe number 3 engine was not able to reach temperature adequate required for takeoff.
Once the fault has been solved, the director of the Artemis mission, Mike Sarafin, has advanced that the Artemis I continues on platform 39B of the Kennedy Space Center, from where it will go into space on September 3.
The Artemis I mission is intended to be the first step, even without a crew, for successive missions with the ultimate goal of the return of astronauts to the surface of the Moon and enable a long-term human presence for decades to come.
The primary goals of Artemis I are to demonstrate Orion’s systems in a spaceflight environment and to ensure un re-entry, descent, splashdown and recovery safe before the first crewed flight on Artemis II, NASA reported at a briefing on August 5.
The duration of the mission is set at between four and six weeks, with a route of 2.1 million kilometerswith several orbits to the Earth and the Moon in its journey.