NASA Artemis 1 mega moon rocket reportedly returns to Launchpad. Glitches and stormy weather are reportedly the reasons the launch of the Artemis 1 has been delayed, but NASA however hopes that this time will be the charm.
NASA Artemis 1 Mega Moon Rocket Reportedly Returns to Launchpad
Getting back to the moon is something that is tough. And NASA plans to send its unscrewed Artemis 1 mission around the moon and then safely bring it back. But before it gets that done, it has to first get off this rock, an event that NASA hopes will happen on November 14. The huge space launch system rocket and Orion capsule early on Friday morning arrived back at the Launchpad for its next moon shot.
NASA shared a glamour shot of the arrival of the rocket at the pad 39B at the Kennedy space center in Florida. This was the endpoint of a 4-mile (6.5-kilometer) journey from the vehicle assembly building which looks like a honking huge rocket garage to the said place where SLS is set to blast off. A beast of a vehicle which is known as a crawler-transporter handled the whole move.
Refurbishments Work Was Done On the Rocket
Teams finished up some small refurbishment work and this is including the replacement of batteries on the rocket system while it was in the vehicle assembly building.
One thing you should know is that Artemis 1 has been here before as NASA had hoped to launch it back in august or September, but due to technical snafus, the rocket was kept grounded. And then, Hurricane Ian arrived in late September and NASA then moved the rocket back to its garage for safekeeping during the whole storm debacle.
The Next Reported Attempt Is Scheduled For November 14
The next reported attempt scheduled for November 14 would be a nighttime launch with a 69-minute window opening at 12:07 a.m. ET (9:07 p.m. PT on November 13).and while NASA hopes that this will work this time out, there is always the possibility of weather problems or more technical issues that could reportedly keep the rocket grounded until a much later date
Artemis 1 is the first huge step on the ambitious plan of NASA to get astronauts back on the surface of the moon for the first time ever since the Apollo era. The mission needs to prove that SLS works and also that Orion is safe to convey humans to our lunar neighbor, the moon.