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NASA Artemis I Mission: Tuesday’s Launch Scrapped because of Ian

26 Sep 2022, 1:45 pm

Above: Detailed Artemis I Planned Mission Milestones – Photo: NASA

After the Artemis I mission launch was scrubbed Monday, August 29th due to fuel leaks, the same issues plagued the mega rocket again Saturday, September 3rd. Both failed attempts to launch forced NASA to do more testing on the fuel systems and postpone the launch window to late September. The recent tests have been successful BUT Hurricane Ian has resulted in a scrubbed launch on Tuesday, September 27th.

The mission for Artemis I, an un-crewed Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, will lift off in the first step in the mission to get man back on the moon.

Orion Spacecraft – Photo: NASA

The launch will test the SLS system to launch as well as Orion spacecraft’s ability to fly in space along with a safe re-entry, descent, splash down and recovery of the spacecraft. Artemis I will be in space for 42 days, 3 hours and 20 minutes while it has a distant retrograde orbit around the Moon, traveling 1.3 MILLION miles! This will be the most miles traveled by any spacecraft meant for human use. Though un-crewed, the Artemis I mission will contain 3 “passenger” mannequins equipped with sensors to help scientists understand and prepare for the forces astronauts will experience during takeoff, spaceflight and reentry. The return speed of Orion will be up to 25k mph, faster than any of the space shuttle missions.

Commander Moonikin Campos Mannikin – Photo: NASA

The Artemis missions have the goal of human flight to the moon, to then create a sustainable presence on the moon and prepare humans for future exploration to Mars. Artemis II will contain the first crewed flight for the mission. Artemis III & Beyond will be the repeated trips to and around the moon. All three of these stages of the Artemis mission will help NASA plan for future, deeper space exploration, with the goal of putting man on Mars.

There are multiple terms with any spacecraft launch, and WeatherNation wants to help you understand some of the terminology. An “L Minus” time is how far away liftoff is in hours and minutes, not including “holds”. “Holds” are pauses in the countdown to allow the Artemis team to target a precise launch window. “T-minus” is the launch countdown WITH holds built in.

Mission Launch Timeline – Photo: NASA

WeatherNation will carry the launch of Artemis I on-air and will provide updates. Stay with WeatherNation for updates on the Artemis I mission.

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