NASA postpones moon rocket launch once more
(MENAFN) For the third time, NASA has postponed the launch of its Artemis 1 moon rocket due to an impending tropical storm that is anticipated to intensify into a major hurricane before making landfall in Florida next week.
A decision to pull back the USD4.1 billion Space Launch System (SLS) rocket was made on Saturday, according to officials at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, who claimed they were doing so while keeping an eye on news about Tropical Storm Ian. Jim Free, assistant administrator for exploration systems development at NASA, stated that "To protect our employees and the integrated stack, we will begin configuring the vehicle to roll back."
If the 330-foot tall rocket can be left on the launch pad during the bad weather, the mission may be rescheduled for launch as early as October 2. Nevertheless, if the SLS needs to be carried back to the Vehicle Assembly Building, NASA could need to fall back to a later window of opportunity. Managers of the Artemis 1 mission are anticipated to make a decision on Sunday after taking into account the most recent predictions for the amount of wind that Ian is going to bring to Florida's eastern shore.
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