NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar rocket is no longer in the launch pad.
Artemis 1 Stack – a Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket Launched by Orion Crew Capsule – Launched to Pad 39B from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on Saturday (July 2) at 4:12 AM EDT (0812 GMT) .
They arrived at the KSC Caveman Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) around 2:30 EDT (1830 GMT), completing a 4 mile (6.4 km) journey from NASA’s Grand Survey. Crawler – Transporter 2 car Less than 10 hours later, agency officials said in a blog post (Opens in new tab).
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Artemis 3 It recently completed its “Wet Clothing Exercise,” an important series of tests and corrections designed to help determine vehicle readiness for flight. These wet clothes won hard. The Artemis 1 team first attempted to mark the stage in early April but failed due to a number of technical issues, including a closed valve. Team members returned the stick to VAB for repair on April 25, then sent it to Pad for another attempt earlier this month.
The latest attempt was not exactly accurate – a hydrogen leak was discovered during the fuel operation – but NASA officials Considered good enough Start preparing Artemis 1 for the liftoff.
Artemis 1 will send an unmanned Orion on a monthly trip around The moon. The mission team is apparently looking forward to the lift off in late August or early September, but an official target date will not be set until SLS and Orion are fully inspected at the VAB. Not to be.
As its name suggests, Artemis 1 is NASA’s first mission Artemis program, Which aims to create a sustainable human presence around and around the moon by the end of the 2020s. If everything goes according to Artemis 1, Artemis 2 will send a crew Orion It will orbit the Moon in 2024, and Artemis 3 will land astronauts near the Moon’s South Pole about two years later.
Editor’s note: This story was updated on June 30 at 2:15 p.m. EDT with the newly estimated rollback start time of 8 p.m. EDT. NASA The rollback moved four hours ago (Opens in new tab) Due to the bad weather at night. The story was updated on June 30 at 7:20 EDT on July 1 at 6 pm EDT with the most recent estimated rollback time. The latest change was due to concerns over the state of the crawler trail crossing the launch pad 39B. To VAB, “NASA officials said. Said via Twitter (Opens in new tab). The story was updated for the third time on July 1 at 11:15 a.m. EDT with the new estimated rollback start time of 11 a.m. EDT. NASA then moved to Rollback due to the weather, According to NASA officials (Opens in new tab). The story was updated on July 2 at 4:55 pm EDT with the news that Artemis 1 had reached VAB.
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