Clear your plans on Saturday: NASA says we’re going to have a rocket launch.
The space agency moved the date for the next Artemis I rocket launch attempt to Saturday, September 3, after determining that the original plan for Friday would bring bad weather.
There was a 60 percent chance Friday’s launch would have been delayed due to weather, officials said at a media briefing. The two-hour launch window opens at 2:17 PM.
This will be NASA’s second attempt this week to launch its massive next-generation rockets. The first attempt at launch on Monday was scrapped after one of the four RS-25 engines failed to reach the correct temperature for takeoff.
The Artemis I mission consists of the 322-foot-tall Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, with the Orion crew pod at the top. If the launch is successful, SLS will take the unmanned Orion to an altitude of just under 4,000 kilometers during the 39-day mission before the two craft separate and the core phase of the rocket falls back to Earth.
Orion will continue to the moon, where it will orbit for six days before returning to Earth. The capsule is planned to plunge into the ocean on October 11.
If all goes according to plan, it will mark the start of NASA’s Artemis program to return to the moon, which has been plagued by years of delays, development mishaps and billions of dollars in budget overruns.
SOURCE – www.theverge.com