NASA prepares for Artemis I launch (2) infographic
Graphic shows details of the Artemis I Moon mission.


NASA scrubs third attempt to launch Artemis I

By Ninian Carter

September 25, 2022 - NASA has aborted a third attempt to launch the unmanned Artemis I moon mission, this time not due to technical problems but because of Tropical Storm Ian, which is forecast to strengthen as it approaches Florida.

The next available launch window for Artemis I from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, has shifted to mid-October following the strengthening movements of Tropical Storm Ian. The uncrewed rocket is due to orbit the Moon in a test flight lasting 26-42 days. Here’s how the mission could unfold when it eventually lifts off:

1) Space Launch System (SLS) super heavy-lift launch vehicle blasts off from Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, carrying an empty Orion crew module.

2) Solid rocket boosters and core stage separation – ship enters Earth orbit.

3) Ship journeys to Moon (8-14 days), deploying 10 CubeSats along the way.

4) Enters into orbit around Moon (6-19 days).

5) Return flight to Earth (9-19 days).

6) Crew module separation and splashdown in Pacific Ocean.

If successful, Artemis II is scheduled to blast-off in May 2024, with a crew of four astronauts, on a lunar-flyby-return-to-Earth test mission.

Assuming success of Artemis II, Artemis III is set to land two people on the Moon in 2025, and keep them there for a week – making it the the first human moon landing since Apollo 17 in 1972 (53 years ago).

PUBLISHED: 25/09/2022; STORY: Graphic News