The Artemis I launch attempt is set for Tuesday, but a possible hurricane could delay plans

The Artemis I launch attempt is set for Tuesday, but a possible hurricane could delay plans

The Artemis I launch attempt is set for Tuesday, but a possible hurricane could delay plans

NASA said Friday it is planning its third launch attempt of Artemis I for Sept. 27 after scrubbing the initial endeavor earlier this month.

During a press conference, officials said the launch window will open at 11:37 a.m. ET, but Tropical Depression Nine could delay plans.

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Currently, there is only a 20% chance of favorable weather on Tuesday as Tropical Depression Nine heads toward Florida and could make landfall as a major hurricane next week.

However, Tom Whitmeyer, NASA’s deputy assistant administrator for exploration systems development, said the team does not assume the launch will be canceled just yet.

PHOTO: The NASA Artemis 1 lunar rocket stands on Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, Sept. 6, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Florida (John Raoux/AP)

PHOTO: The NASA Artemis 1 lunar rocket stands on Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, Sept. 6, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Florida (John Raoux/AP)

“It’s still tropical depression number nine, it’s not a named storm,” Whitmeyer told reporters. “We really want to continue to try to get as much information as possible so we can make the best possible decision for the hardware.”

The team said they will continue to monitor the weather and will decide on Saturday whether to go ahead with the launch on Tuesday.

NASA had to scrub the first launch attempt on August 29 due to a faulty temperature sensor and the second attempt on September 3 due to a liquid hydrogen leak.

Since then, engineers and mission managers have been running tests to ensure the rocket is ready for the next attempt.

In a press release, NASA said the Artemis team encountered a hydrogen leak during a test run on Wednesday, but the problem was resolved and resolved.

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The process of refueling, which includes filling the rocket’s core stage with liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, was also successful.

“We had a very successful tank test of all the tanks,” John Blevins, NASA’s Space Launch System chief engineer, said during the press conference. “We were able to do some things that we don’t have to do again, some things that we had intended to do even on launch day that were left over from previous dress rehearsals. So it was a very successful one.”

If the launch is scrubbed on 27 September, the next launch attempt will take place on Sunday 2 October.

PHOTO: The Artemis I lunar rocket sits on launch pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, September 6, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Florida (Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)

PHOTO: The Artemis I lunar rocket sits on launch pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, September 6, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Florida (Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)

If Oct. 2 is also a no-go, the rocket will be returned to the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center until the team decides on the next date.

During the Artemis missions, NASA plans to send the first female astronaut and the first astronaut of color to the Moon.

The federal space agency also plans to establish a lunar base as a stepping stone to send astronauts to Mars by 2024 or 2025.

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