Next launch September 2, although NASA has yet to confirm
NASA’s launch of Artemis 1 has been postponed due to a faulty RS-25 engine on the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. But the US space agency has not confirmed the next launch date, although there are two other launch windows. One is in four days on September 2 and the second is in a few weeks. Follow our live blog for all the details on what’s happened so far and what it means for the Artemis missions, which aim to put humans back on the Moon.
Artemis 1 ran into trouble when the team’s engineers noticed that one of the engines had a problem with liquid hydrogen. The launch director had approved a plan to troubleshoot one of the malfunctioning RS-25 engines. But the recovery plan didn’t work. The countdown was suspended at T-40 minutes while the hydrogen team discussed options with the launch director. Here’s a full recap of what went wrong during the mission.
Artemis I is an uncrewed mission that will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to the Moon, eventually bringing humans back to Earth’s lone satellite. During the mission, NASA will demonstrate the performance and capabilities of its most powerful launch vehicle ever, the Space Launch System (SLS), and the Orion crew capsule. During the approximately six-week mission, SLS and Orion will travel a distance of approximately 65,000 kilometers to the Moon and back.