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NASA Artemis 1 mission launch rescheduled

NASA wants the Artemis 1 unmanned moon mission launch for September 27.

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Washington: The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said it wants the Artemis 1 unmanned moon mission launch for September 27.

“NASA has adjusted the targeted dates for a cryogenic demonstration test and to the next launch opportunities for Artemis I…. The agency will conduct the demonstration test no earlier than Wednesday, September 21, and has updated its request for a launch opportunity September 27, a NASA statement read.

The space agency has canceled the planned launch of Artemis 1 mission atop a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft twice in the past week, primarily over a liquid hydrogen leak.

The updated dates represent careful consideration of multiple logistical topics, including the additional value of having more time to prepare for the cryogenic demonstration test, and subsequently more time to prepare for the launch, the statement said.

The dates also allow managers to ensure teams have enough rest and to replenish supplies of cryogenic propellants, it added.

If the launch takes place on September 27, Orion’s return to earth will be possible on November 5.

NASA on September 3 postponed its attempt to blast off its massive 30-story rocket to the moon: “The Artemis I mission to the Moon has been postponed. Teams attempted to fix an issue related to a leak in the hardware transferring fuel into the rocket, but were unsuccessful,” the tweet read.

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