After multiple delays, NASA will send the first Artemis 1 mission to the Moon this morning. If successful, it will pave the way for humanity’s return to the satellite.
Four delays later, NASA is ready to try again to launch Artemis 1 , the first mission in humanity’s return to the Moon program.
The SLS rocket, the most powerful in the space agency’s history, and the Orion capsule, this time without passengers, are ready for liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Will the system be able to fly after up to four delays?
WATCH LIVE the flight of Artemis 1
You will be able to follow the launch of Artemisa 1 live from 10:30 p.m. (PE) this Tuesday, November 15.
The launch window itself opens at 01:04 on Wednesday, November 16 and will last two hours. It will be time and climate that will determine your success.
The official transmission will be provided by NASA from its YouTube channel. If the flight does not materialize on this date, Artemisa 1 will fly on November 19.
Artemis 1: Will she fly this time?
Artemisa 1 has suffered setbacks first, due to fuel tank problems, but more recently due to bad weather and hurricane threats.
Jeremy Parsons, deputy program manager for Exploration Ground Systems at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center , told reporters Monday night that “the countdown so far is progressing very well and we’re on schedule.”
A successful launch would be a key milestone for NASA ‘s Artemis program , which aims to put the first woman and African descent on the lunar surface. The agency has not launched a space vehicle designed to send astronauts to the moon since 1972.
Some spaceflight experts have criticized NASA ‘s new rocket , saying it’s too expensive to be sustainable: the first three flights are expected to cost more than $4 billion each.
The next flight, to send astronauts around the Moon, won’t happen for a couple of years. A lunar landing won’t happen until 2025 at the earliest .
#Artemis I is launching to the Moon!
3:30pm ET (2030 UTC): Tanking coverage
10:30pm ET (0330 UTC): Launch broadcast
8:30am ET (1330 UTC): Trajectory burn
10am ET (1500 UTC): Earth views from @NASA_Orion
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— NASA (@NASA) November 14, 2022