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NASA delays Artemis I launch as Tropical Storm Ian intensifies

NASA mentioned Saturday that it was canceling the Tuesday launch try of its Artemis I moon mission as Tropical Storm Ian moved by the Caribbean towards the Florida coast.

In an announcement, NASA mentioned that the delay would permit the company to start making ready the Area Launch System rocket and the Orion crew capsule sitting on high of it to roll from the launchpad again to its meeting constructing on the Kennedy Area Heart.

The choice to roll again could be made on Sunday, the house company mentioned. If the storm adjustments course, NASA might maintain the rocket on the pad and presumably attempt to make one other launch try within the present obtainable launch interval, which runs by Oct. 4.

NASA canceled the primary two launch makes an attempt of its Artemis I mission to the moon due to technical points. It had been hoping to get the rocket off on Tuesday however have been maintaining an in depth eye on the storm, which is anticipated to grow to be a hurricane on observe to hit Florida.

After years of setbacks and delays, NASA officers are desperate to launch the Area Launch System rocket for the primary time, which might mark the primary main step in its Artemis I program to return astronauts to the moon. This launch would haven’t any astronauts on board, and is seen as a take a look at of the car earlier than the house company flies people.

If all goes nicely, NASA would ship 4 astronauts in Orion to orbit the moon as quickly as 2024, with a touchdown on the moon’s floor to come back a yr or two later.

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