Artemis I: The launch of the rocket is postponed again and the reasons are detailed – Prensa Libre

Artemis I’s journey is not simple. It is an unmanned space mission to the moon that is expected to travel 450 thousand kilometers away from the earth, with the aim of improving human knowledge about the moon and the universe itself. It is a 98-meter-high rocket type SLS (Space Launch System), which is expected to be the pioneer and predecessor of the Artemis II and Artemis III missions, which would already be with a human crew. This rocket, named after the Greek goddess Artemis, twin of Apollo, had to postpone its trip due to a fuel leak that was not resolved by experts. The first launch attempt was on August 29, but some mechanical problems made that launch impossible and it was rescheduled for Saturday, September 3. But as reported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa for its acronym in English), now it was a fuel leak that prevented his trip. Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, director of the launch, pointed out that shortly before six in the morning the authorization was given to fill the cryogenic fuel tanks. Due to the size of the space rocket, we are talking about an amount of 3 million liters of ultra-cold liquid hydrogen and oxygen. But more than an hour after preparations began, NASA technicians located a leak at the foot of the rocket, precisely in the pipe through which the hydrogen flows to the tank. Nasa detailed on its social networks that it will be holding a press conference in the next few hours to give more details of the project, where the new launch date for Artemis I is expected to be published. Possibly the next launch attempt will be on Monday or Tuesday. , otherwise it could be postponed until September 19 due to the position that the moon will maintain with the earth. The #Artemis I mission to the Moon has been postponed. Technical teams tried to fix a problem with a leak in the hardware that transfers fuel to the rocket, but the attempts were unsuccessful. We’ll hold a press conference later. — NASA in Spanish (@NASA_es) September 3, 2022 Guatemala and Artemis I This aerial space project is described as “historic” for humanity, since it could revolutionize the way in which the universe, but above all it could give the guidelines to improve the investigations. Among the key pieces of Artemis I hardware are two that were crafted by a team of Guatemalans, crafted under the leadership of Guatemalan engineer and scientist, Luis Zea. Among the team of professionals who stood out in Guatemala’s contributions to Artemis I are students from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG), the university where Zea was trained and which also plans to broadcast the launch of this innovative rocket. It might interest you: NASA highlights the work of Guatemalans on the next Artemis I mission (and how it will be carried out)