NASA once again postpones take-off to the Moon

NASA once again postpones take-off to the Moon

NASA once again postpones take-off to the Moon

NASA's Artemis i rocket on Launch Pad 39-B at Kennedy Space Center September 03, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
KEVIN DIETSCH / Getty Images via AFP NASA’s Artemis i rocket on Launch Pad 39-B at Kennedy Space Center September 03, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

KEVIN DIETSCH / Getty Images via AFP

NASA’s Artemis i rocket on Launch Pad 39-B at Kennedy Space Center September 03, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

SPACE – No take-off on the agenda. Despite the efforts of NASA technicians, the Artemis 1 mission to the moon has been postponed for the second time, the US space agency announced on Saturday, September 3.

“Artemis 1 mission has been postponed. The teams tried to solve a problem related to a leak in the material by transferring fuel into the rocket, but without success, “NASA said before Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, director of the lunar mission also confirmed this cancellation of the launch of the SLS rocket.

The director of Artemis 1 preferred to rely on the recommendations of her teams due to a fuel leak that occupied technicians for three hours when take-off was initially scheduled for 14:17 local time (18:17 GMT), with two – one hour cooking window. In question? A fuel leaking problem when filling rocket tanks.

At this stage, no postponement date has been communicated by NASA, preferring to first rely on data analysis to plan a new launch to the Earth’s natural satellite. A new attempt could take place on Monday or Tuesday. Otherwise, no new launch possibilities are possible before September 19 due to the position of the Earth and the Moon.

The announcement of this new cancellation was met with great disappointment by the numerous spectators who flocked to watch the take-off near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

No solution found in time

Just before 6am local time, the green light was given to begin filling the rocket’s tanks with its cryogenic fuel, totaling approximately three million liters of ultracold liquid hydrogen and oxygen.

But at around 7:15 a leak was detected at the foot of the rocket, at the level of the tube through which the hydrogen passes to the tank. The flow was interrupted as the teams tried, three times in a row, to fix the problem, ” without success “tweeted NASA.

On Monday, during a first attempt, the launch was also canceled at the last moment due to technical problems, first a similar loss, which had been overcome, then the cooling of the engines.

The test mission Artemis 1, unmanned on board, should mark the beginning of the great American space program to return to the Moon, with the aim of establishing a lasting presence there, and then use it as a springboard to the planet Mars. .

See also on The HuffPost: Mission Artemis: a postponed launch, but ambitious goals

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