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Artemis moon rocket launch canceled at last minute: Technical issue throws wrench in the works |  Instagram news VTM

Artemis moon rocket launch canceled at last minute: Technical issue throws wrench in the works | Instagram news VTM

Monday’s launch of the Artemis moon rocket was called off due to technical issues. The rocket could have made a six-week journey to the moon and back without a crew on board. A new attempt will follow on Friday, September 2, according to NASA.

The SLS rocket is on the launch pad of the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. It is the most powerful rocket ever built. It is 100 meters high and weighs about 2.6 million kilograms including fuel. At the top is full of the chariot that must go to the moon, Orion.

The launch attempt turned out to be real nail biting. Normally, the launch pad will be launched on Monday between 2.33pm and 4.33pm Belgian time, but at around 2.30pm it was decided to cancel the launch due to technical issues. Already, refueling was delayed and a crack was discovered in a pipe connecting the hydrogen and oxygen tanks. There will also be problems with one of the engines.

“We reserve the option from Friday,” Mike Sarafin, the mission’s director, said at a news conference. He said teams will resume their analysis on Tuesday to get a better idea of ​​how long it will take to resolve issues that have arisen.

A new attempt is already planned for Friday, September 2, and the launch will be canceled on Monday. If that doesn’t work, the next option is September 5th.


Journey to the moon

The Artemis lunar rocket had to make a six-week trip to the moon and back without a crew aboard. After launch, the craft will hit Earth for about an hour and a half, traveling at a speed of more than 28,000 kilometers per hour. After that, the speed increased to more than 36,000 kilometers per hour to escape from Earth’s gravity. Then the long transit to the moon could begin.

If all goes well for a future attempt, humans may be able to set foot on the moon again in a few years. It last happened in 1972.

The United States is getting help from Europe and Canada to get back to the moon. On subsequent missions, astronauts sit at the front of Orion, which was developed and built in America. The back of Europe. This part provides electricity, among other things.

Artemis I

The expedition is called Artemis I. In ancient Greek mythology, Artemis was the goddess of the moon, among other things. She was the twin sister of Apollo. That was the name of the space program that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and ten others to the moon between 1969 and 1972. In Artemis II, circa 2024, four astronauts will fly around the moon and back. As soon as 2025, with the Artemis III mission, humans should land on the Moon again.

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