NASA will make a second attempt on Saturday to launch the unmanned Artemis I lunar mission into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida.which marks the beginning of the race for the future colonization of the Earth satellite.
The objective of this historic mission is to test the capabilities of the powerful missile SLS (Space Launch System)98 meters (322 feet), and Orion shipcapacity of four astronauts.
The two-hour launch window opens at 2:17 p.m. local time (1:17 p.m. CST) On Saturday, if the take-off has to be postponed again for technical, air or other reasons, the next attempt will be made on Monday, September 5.
Expected, as it happened on August 29, when the first attempt was canceled due to a failure of one of the four RS-25 engines of the powerful SLS rocket, the so-called “Space Coast”, the area where it is located in the space center, is full of visitors excited to witness the launch.
The SLS missile, costing $4,100 million, will be carried in its upper cone The Orion spacecraft, which will carry out a six-week mission during which it will orbit the moon. Orion, the fastest and most powerful spacecraft ever, capable of reaching 24.5 billion miles per hour (39,428 km/h), will travel 1.3 million miles (over two million kilometers) when it returns to Earth.
If the launch takes place this Saturday and there are no unexpected events in the mission, Orion will blast off in the Pacific Ocean, west of San Diego (California), on October 11.
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The Artemis I mission management team, after reviewing the state of operations on Thursday afternoon, gave the go-ahead for launch on September 3. Since the failed attempt on August 29, the teams have updated procedures and trained in operations and polished schedules, NASA said.
How do you watch the broadcast?
Live NASA coverage of the Artemis I launch will be broadcast in English and Spanish.
Coverage in English begins at 12:15 PM EST (11:15 AM CST) through NASA TV, on the space agency’s website, as well as on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion and Theta.TV and the NASA application.
Spanish coverage begins at 1 PM EST (12:00 CST) on NASA’s YouTube channel in Spanish.
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It will include interviews with Hispanic NASA personnel involved in the mission, as well as a live chat with ESA astronaut Thomas Bisquet and live commentary on the launch.
Adjustments and fixes before take off
Among other things, they fixed a leak in one of the tubes, called the navel by NASA, that goes from the portable launch tower to the rocket and ship to supply power, fuel, coolant and communications.
The teams also readjusted or tightened the screws to ensure a tight seal when supercooled impeller was fed through those lines. NASA said that although no leaks were detected at room temperature, crews will continue to monitor the navel during tank operations.
Teams will adjust procedures for cooling the engines, also called a start-up test, 30 to 45 minutes before the countdown during the liquid hydrogen rapid filling phase of the base stage. This will give additional time to cool the engines to proper launch temperatures.
US Space Force meteorologists predict 60% favorable weather conditions.which will get better all over the window for Saturday.
After the historic Artemis I mission, NASA is planning two more Artemis missions. The second will be a manned flight to the Moon and the third will put the first crew in more than 50 years on the surface of the Earth’s satellite.
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In this crew you will be the first woman and first person of color to travel to the moon. NASA’s Apollo 17 missionwhich began in December 1972, marked the last time American astronauts traveled to the Moon and walked on its surface.
A man went to the moon for the first time on July 20, 1969 during the historic NASA mission Apollo 11. The Saturn 5 rocket, with the Eagle spacecraft on its tip, took off from Cape Canaveral four days ago with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin as crew members.
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