On Saturday, September 3, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration postponed the debut test flight of its Artemis1 mission to the moon for the second time in five days. Mission leaders will discuss the possibility of another attempt today.
It is reported LB.ua with reference to Reuters.
“The latest attempt to launch the 32-story Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion capsule was aborted after repeated unsuccessful attempts by technicians to eliminate a leak of supercooled liquid hydrogen fuel that was pumped into the fuel tanks of the main part of the ship,” the message said.
It is not yet known when the rocket will be relaunched, but NASA may schedule another attempt for Monday or Tuesday.
According to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, mission managers will meet later on Saturday to discuss the possibility of a future launch.
There is a possibility that the missile will be returned to the assembly case for further troubleshooting and repair. If this happens, the next launch attempt will be postponed until October.
The #Artemis I mission to the Moon has been postponed. Teams attempted to fix an issue related to a leak in the hardware transferring fuel into the rocket, but were unsuccessful. Join NASA leaders later today for a news conference. Check for updates: https://t.co/6LVDrA1toy pic.twitter.com/LgXnjCy40u
— NASA (@NASA) September 3, 2022
It will be recalled that NASA has postponed the landing of people on the moon until 2025.