NASA has announced a new launch window for the Artemis 1 mission to the Moon after two delays.
The space agency plans to launch its largest rocket to date on September 23-27.
The Artemis missions were expected to begin on August 29, but a refueling failure put the first launch on hold.
The launch was scrubbed a second time on September 5th.
Plans are now being made for a third attempt at the end of September.
When the launch is aborted for the third time, the rocket must be rolled off the launch pad in a devastating blow to America’s space operations on the global stage.
The Artemis 1 mission will last more than 10 years and cost $18 billion.
Last-minute launch cancellations after years of work and investment have been hard to accept, but Nasa Administrator Bill Nelson has defended the decisions.
“If you’re dealing with a high-risk business — and space travel is risky — do it,” if conditions aren’t perfect, Nelson said after the first cancellation.
Artemis 1 is an unmanned mission that will complete a 42-day tour around the moon and back.
The next chapters of the Artemis missions will return humans to the moon for the first time since the 1970s.
“That’s the whole reason for this test flight,” Nelson continued.
“To emphasize and test to make sure that Artemis 2 is as safe as possible when we put people on the spacecraft.”
Artemis 2 is scheduled to launch in 2024 with four crew members on board.
The crew of Artemis 2 will not land on the surface of the moon – in fact, they will pass by the moon during their flyby and venture further into space than any human before.
Artemis 3 will be the final mission, and if successful, it will mark the first time a human has walked the moon in 53 years and the first time a woman and a person of color have walked the lunar surface.
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