NASA has postponed the “Artemis 1” mission to the moon. As a result of this mission, man will return to the moon after a break of half a century and establish a permanent representation.
The agency planned to launch the mission today, at 16:33 Tbilisi time, from the Kennedy Space Center, from where the Space Launch System and Orion Crew Capsule would be launched for a month on the moon.
However, NASA was unable to solve the temperature problem that occurred in one of the four engines. The problem was discovered two hours before the countdown.
In a blog post, NASA notes that “its engineers are trying to collect as much data as possible.”
“The Artemis I rocket and spacecraft are in a stable, safe condition,” NASA said.
Earlier today, the agency discovered hydrogen leaking from the engines and a crack in the thermal protection system that protects the rocket’s core — though those problems were fixed before the countdown began.
The agency has chosen September 2 and 5 as alternative dates for the launch of the mission, although it is not yet known how far the problems will be solved by then.
The rocket created as part of “Artemis 1” is the most powerful in the world and is the first spaceship designed for human flight, which will fly so far.
The test flight of Artemis 1 will take place without a crew. It will pave the way for a new phase of deep space exploration focused on returning humans to the Moon and beyond.
Although there is no crew on it and it will not land on the moon, this mission has a critical purpose – NASA wants to check the performance of the spacecraft and test the environment in which the crew will have to be around the moon; The agency must ensure that the Artemis 2 and 3 spacecraft, which will be launched later, and their occupants can safely return to Earth.
The multibillion-dollar Artemis 1 mission has been in the works for years by NASA. Unfortunately, he had to postpone it once again. Let’s hope for the last time.