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NASA Postpones Second Attempt at Artemis I Launch Due to Fuel Leak

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NASA Postpones Second Attempt at Artemis I Launch Due to Fuel Leak

NASA has again delayed the launch of the Artemis I after engineers discovered another fuel leak approximately three hours from the commencement of its launch window. It is the second time this week that the launch was deferred after the first endeavor additionally experienced engine leak issues two hours afore its launch window.

The postponement of the launch was promulgated at approximately 11:17 a.m. Eastern via a NASA blog post:

Teams encountered a liquid hydrogen leak while loading the propellant into the core stage of the Space Launch System rocket.  Multiple troubleshooting efforts to address the area of the leak by reseating a seal in the quick disconnect where liquid hydrogen is fed into the rocket did not fix the issue. Engineers are continuing to gather additional data.

Engineers had commenced detecting quandaries with a liquid hydrogen leak at approximately 7:24 a.m. Eastern and commenced troubleshooting. After fine-tuning the quandary the first time, the liquid hydrogen leak quandary occurred approximately three times again. Following the promulgation of a leak for the fourth time at 10:28 a.m. Eastern, the launch was called off an hour later.

“We’ll go when it’s yare,” NASA administrator Bill Nelson verbally expressed moments after the launch was rescinded. “We don’t go until then, and especially now on a test flight because we are going to stress this and test it, and test that heat shield and ascertain it is right afore we put four humans up on the top of it.”

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket sits on pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, after sunrise on September 2, 2022, as optically discerned from Titusville, Florida. (Paul Hennessy/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Nelson integrated that the mission management meeting team is meeting Saturday afternoon to visually perceive whether there is a possibility of launching the rocket anon, or if not, to decide to place the rocket into the conveyance assembly building.

If the rocket is placed into the assembly stage, NASA will then aim for an October launch that will most likely occur in the middle of the month. There is still an opportunity for the mission to launch on either September 5 or 6, CNN reported.

The Artemis I was slated to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The stack holds both the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. NASA is hoping to bring astronauts back to the moon by 2025. The unmanned Artemis I via Orion –  which can hold four astronauts – was set to circle the moon’s orbit on an approximately 37-day long mission afore returning to earth and splashing down in the Pacific Ocean in October.

The total distance of the mission is approximately 1.3 million miles. NASA Inspector General Paul Martin told Congress earlier this year that the estimated cost of each Artemis Mission is approximately $4.1 billion, Breitbart News reported.

The last time humans set foot on the moon was in December 1972, on the Apollo 17 project. You can follow Ethan Letkeman on Twitter at @EthanLetkeman.


Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.

This News Article is focused on these topics: Politics, Pre-Viral, Science, Artemis missions, Artemis Project, Cape Canaveral, Florida, Kennedy Space Center, Moon, NASA, Space

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