December 7, 2022

After two failed attempts, NASA will try to launch the Artemis I lunar mission on September 27; a backup date of October 2 is also being considered. On September 21, the agency will test the demonstration before attempting to launch.
The US space agency stated in a statement that “the updated dates constitute thorough evaluation of several logistical topics, including the additional advantage of having more time to prepare for the cryogenic demonstration test, and subsequently more time to prepare for the launch.”

Teams from Artemis I have finished patching up a hydrogen leak in one of the rocket’s engines. NASA attempted to launch Artemis I on September 3 but aborted the launch after seeing a liquid hydrogen leak.

NASA’s unmanned flight test, code-named Artemis I, will lay the groundwork for manned space travel while also showcasing the agency’s commitment and capacity to take human habitation beyond the Moon and beyond. A mechanical issue with one of the SLS rocket’s engines caused the US space agency to cancel the mission launch for the first time on August 30.

Engineers discovered a leak during the second launch attempt in a space between the side plates of the rocket and the ground that encloses an 8-inch line used to fill and drain liquid hydrogen from the SLS rocket.

(source : IANS)

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