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Expires expires: what's happening with the Artemis 1 mission and when the moon flight will take place

Experts say that if the flight of the huge SLS rocket does not take place until mid-December, then the new landing of a man on the moon can be forgotten for a while.

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On NASA's Artemis 1 mission, which is the first stage of a program to return a man to the moon. Now there are two problems. The first is that in Florida, where the launch pad for launching the 98-meter Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is located, Hurricane Nicole is now raging and wind speeds reach 150 km/h. The second problem is that rocket boosters are expiring. If the flight to the moon does not take place in the near future, then it may not take place at all or it will be postponed to a later period, writes the Daily Mail.

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The SLS space rocket, which was supposed to send the Orion spacecraft on a trip around the moon, so far without a crew back at the end of August, is at the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

But Tropical Hurricane Nicole has hit Florida, and strong winds could potentially compromise the integrity of the rocket's hardware. Although engineers from NASA claim that the rocket is able to withstand wind gusts up to 160 km/h. But there is another problem – the service life of rocket boosters expires in mid-December of this year, so the rocket must definitely go into space before that time.

So far, NASA has set a new launch date for the SLS rocket, November 16. But before that, we still need to check the integrity of the equipment after Hurricane Nicole moves further away from Florida.

Expiration date expires: what happens to the Artemis 1 mission and when will the flight take place to the moon

Expires: what's going on with the Artemis 1 mission and when the moon landing will take place

According to a NASA statement, the SLS rocket's solid rocket boosters will expire on December 9 and 14. Therefore, if there is another postponement of the date, then the flight must necessarily take place before these dates. Otherwise, engineers will have to evaluate how safe it is to use these boosters after their useful life and that they are still suitable for launch.

“One part of the rocket expires on December 9 this year, and the other “December 14 this year,” says NASA’s Cliff Lanhan.

According to NASA’s Jim Free, not only does each rocket have its own expiration date, but it’s also important to take into account the analysis of the current technical condition. If the analysis shows that the rocket can no longer be used, then it will not fly anywhere.

“It may happen that this mission will be canceled forever. Although there is a chance that the launch will still take place, and if not at this time, then a little later,” Free says.

In case of a successful launch 16 November, the SLS rocket will launch a spacecraft into space, which will have to fly around the moon and successfully return to Earth in a few weeks. This is the first stage of the Artemis lunar program, which will land humans on the moon for the first time since 1972 in 2025 or 2026. By the way, each launch of the SLS rocket, which should be three, will cost $ 4 billion: the first – on November 16 of this year, the second – with the crew somewhere in 2024, and the third, as was said with the landing of astronauts on the moon.

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