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Nasa plans to launch its next-generation Artemis 1 moon rocket around the moon and back on Saturday, September 3 from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
This is NASA’s second try after an initial launch failed due to some technical issues.
An initial attempt to launch identified that one of the rocket engines failed to reach the proper pre-launch temperature required for ignition, forcing the postponement.
On Saturday afternoon, at around 2 pm the Orion astronaut capsule will launch, for a six-week test flight, with no crew.
The trip is expected to take six weeks with the 32-story tall space launch system carrying the Orion capsule only to release it into orbit.
The launch was initially scheduled for Monday but tests and repairs forced the agency to reconsider their timeline.
— NASA (@NASA) August 30, 2022
A hydrogen leak was discovered as a possible issue, with a crack in thermal insulation as another possible issue on the exterior of the rocket.
The launch is expected to be ground shaking, with the four shuttle engines and solid fuel boosters generating an earth shaking 8.8 million pounds of thrust to propel the rocket away from the pad at the Kennedy Space Centre.
The Orion is expected to orbit around the moon for about two weeks of observation and tests before descending back to earth and landing on October 11. Note. The date may change.
Here’s how to watch the launch on Saturday.
You can follow updates on Twitter @NASA.
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