responsible team NASA’s Artemis I missionwhich aims to pave the way for Lunar explorationgave the green light to launch from Kennedy Space Center From Cape Canaveral (Florida) after seeing the latest data.
“We reviewed our vehicle configuration from the top of the spacecraft to the bottom of the rocket, including the flight termination system and the batteries, which we’ve already reset,” Jim Frye said on the conference call. Associate Administrator of NASA To develop exploration systems.
Those in charge of the mission confirmed that a series of problems arose from the passage Hurricane Nicole By Cape Canaveral last week, which forced arDelaying the previous launch attemptscheduled for Monday.
At first System sealing equipment To abort the pitch was loose due to Nicole is pounding in the wind The space center platform where huge and expensive SLS missile with the Orion capsule On the edge.
According to the mission blog, engineers took a close look at “the dam at the seam between the warhead on the (spacecraft) Orion launch abort system and the crew module converter” and potential hazards if it were dislodged during the mission. release.
The engineers decided thatThere is a low probability that if additional material is issued, it represents a Critical risk tripThe US Space Agency noted.
The objective of this unmanned mission is to test the abilities of SLS missile And the Orion ship Ahead of a manned flight scheduled, in principle, in 2024.
The missile SLStaller than a 30-story building costing NASA approx $4 billion.
NASA had to be late four times Mission departure, two each Technical reasons And two more for Meteorological reasons.
general goal NASA’s Artemis Program Is to return humans to the moon for the first time in half a century and Artemis I missionExpected to be the first of many, it will lay the foundation for, and test the rocket, spacecraft and all their subsystems to ensure they are safe enough for astronauts to travel to the moon and back.
Fifty years after the last Apollo mission, this unmanned test flight, which will fly over the moon without landing on its surface, seeks to confirm whether the craft is safe for a future crew.
This rocket is expected to take the moon to The first woman and the first black person.
The launch attracted hordes of tourists as well as locals.
Kerry Warner, 59, a semi-retired grandmother and teacher living in Florida, sees quitting as “aPart of the United States and what is the United States“The third time is the magic,” he said. “We are waiting for it.”
The Orion capsule will be powered by two thrusters and four powerful motors under the main section, which will separate after only a few minutes. After one last push from the upper reaches, the capsule will be on its way to the Moon, which will take several days to reach.
There she will be placed in a distant orbit, she even dares to put herself 64,000 km behind the Moonfarther than any other manned spacecraft to date.
Then the capsule begins to return to Earth. The heat shield, the largest ever built, must withstand a The temperature of half of the surface of the sunl when it passes through the atmosphere.
The mission will take 25 1/2 days, with splashing into the Pacific Ocean on December 11th.
(with info from EFE and AFP)