LIVE – Mission Artemis: the launch of the rocket to the Moon canceled

LIVE - Mission Artemis: the launch of the rocket to the Moon canceled

The next firing window for a new launch is scheduled for Friday, September 2

“We will keep you informed of the timing of the next launch attempt,” NASA writes. in a tweet.

Normally, if the problem is not too serious and is resolved by then, the next firing window is scheduled for Friday, September 2.

Despite the cancellation, the teams collect “the most data” while the launcher is powered

Despite the cancellation of the launch on Monday, NASA explains that the teams still take advantage of this operation to “collect the most data” while the launcher is powered.

This makes it possible to collect information for the next launch, in particular because this first expedition is a “test”.

“It is better to be sure of your shot”: Thomas Pesquet reacts to the postponement of the launch of the Artemis rocket

NASA has announced that the rocket launch has been canceled on Monday and will be postponed.

“No big deal, it’s better to be sure of your shot”, wrote in a tweet Thomas Pesquet.

“See you for the next shooting window,” he added.

Launch of Artemis rocket to the moon canceled

The launch of the Artemis rocket to the Moon canceled on Monday due to a technical problem, announces NASA.

The launch was delayed due to a problem with one of the engines

NASA confirms that the launch of the rocket is delayed because of a problem with one of the engines, the n°3 of the satellite.

NASA says there are no cracks or leaks on the tank structure

NASA says ‘crack’ problem found between tanks earlier this morning is resolved. This crack does not concern the actual structure of the main stage tank but only the “insulating foam”.

However, the suspense remains on the potential postponement of the launch of the rocket.

The countdown stopped at H-40 minutes

The countdown is stopped at H-40 minutes. The “hydrogen” teams have a 10-minute break to discuss with launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson.

The Artemis Mission Countdown
The countdown to the Artemis mission © NASA

They are still waiting for a resolution of the hydrogen problem with engine n°3 so a potential leak has been detected there.

Mission Artemis: until when can the launch of the rocket be postponed?

So the departure of the Artemis mission rocket, scheduled for 2:33 p.m. (French time), could be delayed, NASA has a firing window of two and a half hours during which it can still launch the operation this Monday.

If ever, the rocket could not take off during this slot, its departure would be postponed to September 2, the next possible take-off date.

NASA's rocket from the Artemis 1 mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, August 25, 2022
NASA’s rocket from the Artemis 1 mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States, August 25, 2022 © Chandan KHANNA / AFP

Mission Artemis: between 100,000 and 200,000 people expected to attend take-off in Florida

The curious at the rendezvous. Between 100,000 and 200,000 people are expected on site in Florida, United States, this Monday to watch the launch of the Artemis mission rocket.

Among them is the country’s Vice President Kamala Harris.

A tourist observes the rocket that is to take off as part of the Artemis mission, in Florida, United States, August 28, 2022
A tourist observes the rocket which is to take off as part of the Artemis mission, in Florida, United States, August 28, 2022 © Chandan KHANNA / AFP

Mission Artemis: rocket launch delayed?

While the launch of NASA’s rocket as part of the Artemis 1 mission is scheduled for 2:33 p.m. Paris time, the departure could be delayed.

Indeed, the reservoirs began to be filled with a delay of about an hour, due to a too high risk of lightning in the middle of the night.

Then, around 3:00 a.m. local time, a potential leak was detected while filling the main stage with hydrogen, resulting in a pause. After testing, the flow finally resumed, with teams on site continuing to closely monitor the situation.

NASA hopes to make up for the accumulated delay. The departure time remains unchanged for the moment.

“Rehearse our ranges” before going to Mars: Pesquet explains the motivations of the Artemis mission

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet explains that carrying out new missions on the Moon still have scientific interests.

“There are still plenty of things to do, we know that there is the presence of liquid water, helium 3, somewhat rare resources”, he explains, also mentioning the possible establishment of a “telescope on the far side” of the Moon.

But, he adds, the big goal is to “rehearse our lines” before organizing a first trip to Mars.

“(Going to the red planet) is scientifically more interesting” than going back to the moon, he believes.

Mission Artemis: why return to the Moon?

As part of the Artemis 1 mission, NASA’s new rocket is due to take off this Monday at the start of the afternoon for the Moon. This first flight, unmanned, must be followed eventually by the sending of men and women on the Earth satellite, fifty years after the last flight of Apollo. This return of human beings to the Moon has both a scientific and geopolitical objective.

>> All the explanations can be found here.

“It was about time”: Thomas Pesquet hails global awareness of climate change

Thomas Pesquet welcomes the global awareness of climate change which has accelerated this summer.

“It was time, we no longer have a choice,” he said.

“We will have to change,” he warns, saying he has long been “frustrated” to see people not being “receptive” to the discourse on climate change.

“The atmosphere of the great days”: Pesquet assures that the expectation is great in Florida a few hours before the takeoff of the Artemis rocket

Thomas Pesquet says that the expectation is already great in Florida a few hours before the takeoff of the NASA rocket.

He says that motorhomes and tents have already been installed since Sunday evening and that “people have put signs on their doorsteps”.

It is “the atmosphere of the great days”, he assures.

“A significant chance”: Thomas Pesquet hopes to be chosen to go to the Moon

The astronaut talks about his chances of going to the Moon in the years to come, believing that they are “not negligible”, despite the competition.

“I will not be the only volunteer”, he recalls, before declaring that he has “a significant chance of perhaps one day finding myself at the top of this mission, it would be magical”.

“It’s the beginning of a new era”: Thomas Pesquet welcomes the launch of a new rocket to the Moon

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet welcomes the launch of a new rocket to the Moon, evoking the “beginning of a new era”, on BFMTV.

“It is the return of humanity to the Moon” and “the beginning of a new era” which should allow “to settle there for longer and longer, to build bases”.

What will NASA’s Artemis I mission be used for?

If the weather permits, the Orion spacecraft will take off for the Moon from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (United States) on Monday from 8:33 a.m. local time (2:33 p.m. in Paris), with NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The trip is due to last 42 days, 3 hours and 20 minutes, with a scheduled return on October 10.

This trip to the Moon is the first of several others that should eventually allow man to reach Mars.

>> All the details on this mission can be found here.

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