The rocket will launch an unmanned Orion capsule into space, which will reach the moon, fly around it and return to Earth.
NASA plans to build on August 29, 2022 First step back to the moon For the first time since the Apollo era in 1972.
However, at the last minute, the mission was rescheduled to around September 2, 2022. The cause is a hydrogen leak in an engine. It will take some time to solve the problem.
The mission, named Artemis 1, will send an unmanned Orion capsule on a 6-week journey around the moon to investigate the effects of flight on the human body.
In March and June, the rocket launcher had already arrived at the launch pad for dress rehearsals, but in both cases, NASA had to deal with a hydrogen leak from the “umbilical cord” of the main stage engine cooling system. If there are any issues today, another launch window is scheduled for September 2, 2022.
What is “Artemis”?
The Artemis 1 mission is the first test mission of NASA’s Artemis lunar program. Its main purpose is to ensure that the capsule’s thermal shield can withstand the friction against the atmosphere without problems when returning to Earth.
If the Artemis 1 mission goes as planned, NASA plans to launch a similar mission, known as Artemis 2, but with astronauts. As part of the final mission, Artemis-3, it is planned to land American astronauts on the surface of the Moon.
When and where to watch a rocket launch
The launch of the rocket can be watched online on NASA’s official YouTube channel.
By the way, the transmission has already started, while you can look at the rocket preparing for launch.
If all goes according to plan, the rocket will launch between 15.30 and 17.30 Kyiv time. If not, the next attempt will be on September 2 or 6.
Earlier UNIAN said in Canada It was proposed to send astronauts to Mars using a laser “catapult”.. Local scientists believe that with the help of a revolutionary idea, the travel time can be reduced to 45 days.
Flights with the help of laser catapults cannot begin before 2040, but now the first colonists will have to reach Mars on conventional rockets. SpaceX mask CalculatedIt takes them about six months to fly on conventional fuel.
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