NASA to roll moon rocket again to hangar, as Hurricane Ian targets Florida

NASA mentioned Monday it could roll the Area Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft again to its meeting constructing on the Kennedy Area Middle, as Hurricane Ian continued to accentuate and threaten Florida.

The choice implies that NASA’s Artemis I mission, the primary in a collection of steps to return astronauts to the moon, can be delayed once more — this time for no less than a number of weeks.

NASA had been hoping that Ian would veer west, permitting the house company to maintain the huge rocket on the pad.

However after assembly Monday morning, house company leaders made the choice “after further knowledge gathered in a single day didn’t present bettering circumstances for the Kennedy Area Middle space,” NASA mentioned in a press release.

The flight, often called Artemis I, would ship the Orion spacecraft, with none astronauts on board, in orbit across the moon. If NASA completes the flight efficiently, it could then load Orion with as many as 4 folks previous the moon by 2024. A touchdown might come a 12 months or so after that.

The following launch availability would are available mid- to late October. NASA might additionally try and launch in November.

NASA mentioned it could start rolling the automobile again to its meeting constructing at 11 p.m. Japanese time Monday.

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