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NASA to make another attempt to launch Artemis I lunar mission on Saturday , after postponing 1 launch

NASA aims to make a another attempt on Saturday, Sept. 3 five days after to launch its new Space Launch System (SLS) moon rocket. After postponing Artemis 1 launch.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: After NASA’s initial Artemis I launch attempt on Monday ended with a cooling problem with one of the rocket’s main-stage engines, forcing a halt, NASA aims to make a second attempt on Saturday, Sept. 3 five days after to launch its new Space Launch System (SLS) moon rocket. “We’re now targeting Saturday, Sept. 3 for the launch of the #Artemis I flight test around the Moon. The two-hour launch window opens at 2:17 p.m. ET,” NASA said in a tweet.

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Meanwhile, the official Twitter handle of Artemis 1 said, “Teams have reviewed the data from Monday’s launch attempt of the #Artemis I mission and are moving forward with a second launch attempt on Sat., Sept. 3, with a two-hour launch window starting at 2:17 p.m. EDT.
Plans call for the 32-story-tall SLS rocket to blast off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, sending its Orion capsule on an uncrewed, six-week test flight around the moon and back to Earth. The long-awaited launch would kick off the U.S. space agency’s moon-to-Mars Artemis program, the successor to the Apollo moon project of the 1960s and 1970s.

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NASA scientists will try to blast off the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket – the mission’s carrier vehicle – from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The first voyage of the SLS-Orion, a mission dubbed Artemis I, aims to put the 5.75-million-pound vehicle through its paces in a rigorous demonstration flight pushing its design limits before NASA deems it reliable enough to carry astronauts.

On Monday , NASA’s initial Artemis I launch attempt ended with a cooling problem with one of the rocket’s main-stage engines, forcing a halt to the countdown and a postponement. At a news briefing on Tuesday, NASA officials said they hoped to have those issues resolved in time for a launch retry on Saturday.

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With Artemis missions, NASA aims to land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. The launch of Artemis 1 on the initial date – August 29 – was postponed as the teams could not get the rocket’s engines to the proper temperature range required to start the engines at liftoff, and ultimately ran out of time in the launch window, also of 2 hours, to continue.

The mission management team met a day later to review the data collected from the first attempt, and to discuss the next course of action, a NASA press release said.“We will collaborate with commercial and international partners and establish the first long-term presence on the Moon,” NASA said.

NASA will build an Artemis Base Camp on the surface and the Gateway in lunar orbit. These elements will allow our robots and astronauts to explore more and conduct more science than ever before. Artemis 1 represents the first of NASA’s several upcoming and ‘increasingly complex’ missions, all under its Artemis programme, which aims to build a ‘long-term human presence at the Moon for decades to come’. Under this, the agency will send the first woman and first person of colour to the lunar surface, for a period of six weeks, or, specifically, 42 days, 3 hours and 20 minutes.

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