NASA once again postpones liftoff to the Moon

NASA once again postpones liftoff to the Moon
NASA's Artemis I rocket on Launch Pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space Center September 03, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
KEVIN DIETSCH/Getty Images via AFP NASA’s Artemis I rocket on Launch Pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space Center September 03, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

KEVIN DIETSCH/Getty Images via AFP

NASA’s Artemis I rocket on Launch Pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space Center September 03, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

SPACE – No take-off on the agenda. Despite the efforts of NASA technicians, the Artemis mission 1 in the direction of the Moon has been postponed for the second timeannounces the American space agency this Saturday, September 3.

“The Artemis 1 mission has been postponed. Teams attempted to resolve an issue related to a leak in the hardware transferring fuel into the rocket, but were unsuccessful,” the company said. Nasa before Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, director of the lunar mission also confirms this cancellation of the launch of the SLS rocket.

The director of Artemis 1 preferred to rely on the recommendations of her teams because of a fuel leak which occupied the technicians for three hours when takeoff was initially scheduled for 2:17 p.m. local time (6:17 p.m. GMT), with a two-hour firing window. In question ? A fuel leak problem when filling the rocket tanks.

At this stage, no postponement date has been communicated by NASA, preferring first to rely on data analysis to plan a new launch towards earth’s natural satellite. A new attempt could possibly take place on Monday or Tuesday. Otherwise, no new launch possibilities are possible before September 19 due to the position of the Earth and the Moon.

The announcement of this new cancellation was greeted with great disappointment by the many spectators who came to watch the takeoff near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

No solution found in time

Shortly before 6 a.m. local time, the go-ahead was given to begin filling the rocket’s tanks with its cryogenic fuel – a total of about three million liters of ultra-cold liquid hydrogen and oxygen.

But around 7:15 a.m., a leak was detected at the foot of the rocket, at the level of the pipe through which the hydrogen passes to the tank. The flow was stopped while the teams tried, three times in a row, to solve the problem, ” without success “NASA tweeted.

On Monday, during a first attempt, the launch was also canceled at the last moment due to technical problems, first a similar leak, which had been overcome, then the cooling of the engines.

The Artemis 1 test mission, without crew on board, should mark the beginning of the great American space program back on the Moon, with the aim of establishing a lasting presence there, then allowing it to be used as a springboard towards Mars.

See also on The HuffPost: Mission Artemis: a postponed launch, but ambitious goals

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