Mission Artemis: NASA once again postpones liftoff to the Moon – The HuffPost

KEVIN DIETSCH/Getty Images via AFP NASA’s Artemis I rocket on launch pad 39-B at Kennedy Space Center on September 03, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. KEVIN DIETSCH/Getty Images via AFP NASA’s Artemis I rocket on launch pad 39-B at Kennedy Space Center on September 03, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SPACE – No take-off on the agenda. Despite the efforts of NASA technicians, the Artemis 1 mission to the Moon has been postponed for the second time, the American space agency announced on Saturday September 3. “The Artemis 1 mission has been postponed. The teams tried to solve a problem related to a leak in the material transferring fuel into the rocket, but without success, “said NASA before Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, director of the lunar mission also confirmed this cancellation of the launch of the SLS rocket. The #Artemis I mission to the Moon has been postponed. Teams attempted to fix an issue related to a leak in the har… https://t.co/OvX0zWTN5R — NASA (@NASA) View tweet #Artemis I launch is scrubbed for today due to LH2 leak during core stage tank fill. It reminds everyone how comple… https://t.co/WTSkKEl59k — Josef Aschbacher (@AschbacherJosef) See the tweet The director of Artemis 1 preferred to rely on the recommendations of her teams due to a fuel leak which occupied three hours during the technicians while 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 the analysis of the data to plan a new launch to the natural Earth 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. A little later in the evening, NASA clarified that a takeoff in the next few days is no longer on the agenda. 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 6:00 a.m. local time, the green light was given to start filling the rocket’s tanks with its cryogenic fuel – in total, about three million liters of hydrogen and oxygen ultra-cold liquids. 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”, tweeted NASA. During tanking of the #Artemis I mission, a leak developed in the supply side of the 8-inch quick disconnect while… https://t.co/hEEEgXciym — NASA (@NASA) See the tweet Monday, during a first attempt, the launch had also been canceled at the last moment because of technical problems, first a similar leak, which it had been able to overcome, then on the cooling of the engines. The Artemis 1 test mission, without a crew on board, should mark the start of the great American space program to return to the Moon, with the aim of establishing a lasting presence there, then allowing it to be used as a springboard to the planet Mars. . See also on The HuffPost: Mission Artemis: a postponed launch, but ambitious goals You cannot view this content because you have refused the cookies associated with content from third parties. If you want to view this content, you can change your choices.