The successful launch of the Artemis 1 mission comes just in time for the European Space Agency as it seeks support from its member states for new exploration initiatives.
NASA is proceeding with its next Artemis 1 launch attempt on Nov. 16 after concluding that loose caulk on the Orion spacecraft did not pose a significant risk.
NASA is moving ahead with the next Artemis 1 launch attempt on Nov. 16 after finding no major repairs required to the Space Launch System and Orion from Hurricane Nicole.
A NASA official says that initial inspections of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft turned up only “very minor damage” to the vehicle but declined to speculate on any additional delays for the Artemis 1 mission.
NASA is postponing the next Artemis 1 launch attempt by at least two days as a tropical storm, forecast to become a hurricane, approaches the Florida coast.
The Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft rolled back out to the launch pad Nov. 4 as the agency prepares for the third attempt to launch the vehicle on Artemis 1 mission later this month.
Preparations for the next attempt to launch the Space Launch System rocket on the Artemis 1 mission remain on schedule for the middle of November, but agency officials said launch opportunities may be limited if it slips to later in the month because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
NASA’s Artemis 1 mission and a Japanese lander are set to launch to the moon from Florida within days of each other in November.
With the Space Launch System now safely back inside the Vehicle Assembly Building ahead of Hurricane Ian, NASA is now studying what work to do on the rocket to prepare for a next launch attempt unlikely to occur before mid-November.
NASA will move the Space Launch System rocket from its launch pad back the Vehicle Assembly Building as a precaution for an approaching hurricane, a decision that may delay the Artemis 1 mission until November.
NASA has called off plans to attempt to launch the Artemis 1 mission on Sept. 27 as a tropical storm, with the potential to become a major hurricane, heads for Florida.
NASA is laying the groundwork for another attempt to launch the Space Launch System on the Artemis 1 mission late this month, pending both repairs to leaking liquid hydrogen lines and negotiations with the Eastern Range.