October 2, 2022

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The launch of the Artemis 1 rocket to the moon has been delayed due to technical problems, NASA announced

NASA has announced that the launch of the Artemis 1 rocket to the moon has been delayed.

UPDATE: NASA has announced that the launch of the Artemis 1 rocket to the moon has been delayed due to problems with one of the RS-25 engines. The next time it could be launched would be September 2, but everything will depend on how quickly the problems will be fixed, writes the BBC.

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Although it does not have a human crew on board, the spacecraft has an important mission.

It will launch the so-called Artemis program, whose goal is not only to send astronauts to the Moon again, but to then allow humans to explore the planet Mars.

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For the first time in 50 years, a spacecraft is preparing to embark on a journey to the moon.

The latest tests were successfully carried out at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. From there, the Orion capsule, designed to get close to the Earth’s natural satellite, will leave on Monday afternoon, a little after 15:30 Romanian time.

Without a human crew on board, the spacecraft will be launched using a state-of-the-art rocket, for which NASA specialists have worked for ten years.

Janet Petro, director of the Kennedy Space Center: “We’re very excited, and I’m very proud of the team here at the Kennedy Space Center and the teams across the agency (NASA) who have worked very hard for a decade to get to this point, so we are ready”.

After launch, the Orion capsule will separate from the launch vehicle and then continue its journey to the Moon. It will accelerate to a speed of 36,000 kilometers per hour and fly behind Earth’s natural satellite, further than any spacecraft built to carry humans has ever done.

Rick LaBrode, Artemis One Mission Principal Flight Director: “We will fly past the moon at a distance of 100 kilometers. It will be incredible. The images we will see when we fly by the moon will be really impressive”.

On board will be three dummies equipped with over 5,000 sensors and 34 detectors to measure radiation exposure during flight.

In addition, Orion will carry more than 54 kilograms of equipment, including items from previous NASA missions. This plush toy will serve as a zero gravity indicator during flight.

NASA named this mission Artemis One, a kind of twin sister to the Apollo mission that took the first astronauts to the moon.

Bill Nelson, former astronaut: “For all those looking at the moon dreaming of the day when humanity will return to its surface, I have a message: folks, we are one step closer”.

In 2024, Artemis 2 will take astronauts to the Moon

The event that begins today is actually a test for the upcoming Artemis 2 mission, scheduled to take new astronauts to the Moon in 2024. Victor is one of the candidates.

Victor Glover, NASA astronaut: “For me, the Artemis 1 mission is fascinating, but it’s also a milestone for humans to get close to the Moon again, which is amazing.”.

Reid Wiseman, NASA’s chief astronaut: “Our target is not the Moon. Our target is clearly the planet Mars”.

The Artemis One mission will last 42 days. The Orion capsule is scheduled to return to Earth on October 10.

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