The launch of NASA’s Artemis I unmanned space missionconsisting of the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, will finally take place this Saturday, September 3after it was not carried out on Monday due to engine problems.
This has been communicated by NASA through its Twitter profile, where he has detailed that the takeoff window of the ship that will travel to the Moon will start at 2:17 p.m. (local time, 8:17 p.m. Spanish peninsular time).
The space agency has detailed that the fault that prevented the launch of the Artemis I was related to one of the four engines of the central stage of the SLS. Specifically, the number 3 engine was not able to reach the proper temperature required for takeoff.
Once the bug was fixed, mission director ArtemisMike Sarafin, has advanced that the Artemis I continues on platform 39B of the Kennedy Space Center, from where it will go into space on September 3.
The Artemis I mission it intends to be the first step, even without a crew, for successive missions with the ultimate goal of returning astronauts to the surface of the Moon and enable a long-term human presence for decades to come.
The primary objectives of Artemis I are to demonstrate Orion’s systems in a spaceflight environment and to ensure safe re-entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery prior to first flight. with a crew on Artemis II, NASA reported at a briefing on August 5.
The duration of the mission is set at between four and six weekswith a route of 2.1 million kilometers, with several orbits to the Earth and the Moon in its journey.