NASA mentioned Friday it might attempt to launch its Moon mega-rocket in November, with out committing to a exact date for the much-delayed Artemis 1 mission.
The US house company, which was pressured to postpone its newest liftoff try because of large Hurricane Ian which hammered Florida this week, introduced it was getting ready its subsequent launch window for between November 12 and November 27.
“Over the coming days,” NASA mentioned in a weblog put up, the group will assess situations and vital work and “identify a specific date for the next launch attempt.”
Officials had up to now refused to fully shut the door on an earlier try in October.
The SLS rocket, probably the most highly effective ever designed by NASA, needed to be returned to its storage hangar at Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday with a view to shelter it from the method of Hurricane Ian.
The storm devastated components of Florida however the rocket itself suffered no injury, NASA mentioned.
Planning efforts for the November launch window will permit “time for employees at Kennedy to address the needs of their families and homes after the storm” and within the run as much as the following mission try.
Raising the 98-meter-high (320 foot) rocket and transporting it to its launch pad, earlier than configuring it for takeoff, will even take days.
NASA has already made two makes an attempt to launch the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission, in late August and early September, however each needed to be scrapped on the final minute because of technical issues.
In improvement for greater than a decade, SLS has by no means flown earlier than.
Fifty years after the final mission of the Apollo program, Artemis is NASA’s new flagship program.
Artemis 1 can be used to make sure that the Orion capsule, on the prime of the rocket, is secure to move a crew to the Moon sooner or later.
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