The weather on Earth is slowing NASA’s plans to fly to the moon.
NASA’s first lunar mission since Apollo was rescheduled on Saturday due to a tropical storm in the Caribbean Sea.
The long-awaited Artemis I’m releasing has already been sidelined twice, once due to technical issues and once due to a fuel failure.
NASA was hoping to release Artemis I on Tuesday, but the newly named tropical storm Ian is expected to lash Florida with torrential rains and swirling winds by then. Instead of flying to the moon, the rocket can be returned to your hangar.
“During the Saturday morning meeting, the teams decided to forgo preparations for Tuesday’s launch date to allow them to set up the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft retirement systems for the vehicle assembly building,” NASA he said on Saturday in a blog post.
Managers will make the final recall decision on Sunday. If the rocket returns to the hangar, it will probably not take off until November at the earliest.
The rocket can withstand winds of up to 85mph on the launch pad, but by the time Ian’s tropical storm hits Florida, it is expected to turn into a hurricane with winds stronger than 100mph.
Artemis I was due to start at the end of August. If all goes to plan, the rocket will send Orion’s space capsule into orbit around the Moon. There will be no people on board the capsule, but there will be three mannequins on board.
When Artemis takes off, it will be NASA’s first lunar mission since Apollo 17 in 1972. It was the last time humans set foot on the moon.
NASA wants to send humans back to the Moon in 2025 – assuming Artemis will ever come off the earth.
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