The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration is prepared to launch the Space Launch System rocket vehicle and Orion spacecraft into orbit as part of the Artemis 1 mission. The two-hour window that opens at 09:04 Moscow time will allow for the launch to be attempted today.
The launch vehicle takes off from pad 39B at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The launch of the rocket will be live streamed to everyone. NASA will broadcast the online broadcast via its official website as well as on YouTube.
This is not the first time that NASA has prepared an SLS rocket for launch. Although the first attempt was set for August 29, 2022 due to problems with one of the engines’ temperature sensors and a fuel leak, the launch was cancelled. A hydrogen leak led to the cancellation of the September 3 launch attempt. Although the next launch window was scheduled for September 3, a hydrogen leak was discovered. The launch was cancelled and the rocket was placed in a hangar.
NASA experts predict that favorable weather conditions are likely to be found today, with a probability rate of 80%. If today’s launch is unsuccessful, NASA may try again in November 19.
The Artemis 1 mission, although uncrewed by the US, is crucial to the US lunar program. The SLS rocket will launch the Orion spacecraft to outer space within minutes. After that, it will disengage from the carrier and embark on a 25.5-day journey. The ship will automatically orbit the moon, then return to Earth. Not only will the Orion spacecraft be delivered to Earth, but the SLS rocket will also deliver 10 miniature satellites to outer space. These satellites are intended to perform various studies.
If the mission succeeds and the SLS system is proven to be viable in practice, an astronaut crew will fly on the next mission as part of the Artemis 2 mission aboard the Orion spacecraft. The Artemis 2 mission will involve a crewed Orion spacecraft orbiting the Moon, returning to Earth and launching again. It is scheduled for 2024. NASA plans to launch Artemis 3 in 2025. It will involve landing astronauts on Earth. It will use the SpaceX Starship HLS descend module. The aerospace department already has 13 locations in the area of the south pole moon where landings can be made.