NASA again postpones the launch of its rocket to the Moon

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NASA again postpones launch of its rocket to the Moon

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">The departure of NASA's newest rocket is now scheduled for the end of September, at the earliest.

Launch of the NASA's new mega-rocket to the Moon, already aborted twice due to technical problems, will take place no earlier than September 27, the US space agency announced on Monday.

This long-awaited test flight of the Artemis 1 mission, without a crew on board, must test in real conditions the SLS rocket (for Space Launch System) and the Orion capsule at its summit, where the astronauts will take place in the future.

To get the go-ahead, NASA teams must successfully complete a fuel tank refill test and obtain a special waiver to avoid retesting the batteries on an emergency rocket destruction system.

If the agency does not receive this waiver, the rocket will have to return to the assembly building, which would push the schedule back several weeks.

The launch window of the September 27 will open at 11:37 a.m. local time for 70 minutes, with a scheduled end of mission on November 5. A possible second window is scheduled for October 2, NASA said in an online article.

Last week, NASA said it hoped to be able to launch SLS on the 23rd or 27th September.

The rocket launch had been canceled on Monday, August 29, and then again on Saturday, September 3, due to technical issues, a setback that is delaying the actual launch of the U.S. return-to-moon program, Artemis.

< p class="e-p">The orange and white SLS rocket, which has never flown before, has been in development for more than a decade.

Fifty years after the last Apollo mission, Artemis 1 should verify that the Orion capsule, at the top of the rocket, is safe to transport astronauts to the Moon in the future.

For this first mission, Orion will venture up to 64,000 kilometers behind the Moon, farther than any other habitable spacecraft to date.

The main objective is to test its heat shield, the largest ever built. When it returns to the Earth's atmosphere, it will have to withstand a speed of 40,000 km/h and a temperature half that of the surface of the Sun.

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