LIVE – Artemis mission: rocket launch delayed?

LIVE - Artemis mission: rocket launch delayed?

The countdown stopped at H-40 minutes

The countdown stops at H-40 minutes. The “hydrogen” teams have a 10-minute break to discuss with launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson.

Artemis mission countdown
The countdown to the Artemis mission © NASA

They are still waiting for the problem of hydrogen in engine no. 3 to be resolved, due to which a possible leak has been detected in it.

Artemis mission: until when can the launch of the rocket be postponed?

So the departure of the Artemis mission rocket, scheduled for 2:33 p.m. (French time), could be delayed, NASA has a firing window of two and a half hours during which it can still launch the operation this Monday.

If the rocket ever failed to launch during this interval, its departure would be postponed until September 2, the next possible launch date.

NASA's Artemis 1 mission rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, August 25, 2022
NASA’s Artemis 1 mission rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States, August 25, 2022 © Chandan KHANNA / AFP

Artemis Mission: Between 100,000 and 200,000 people are expected to attend the launch in Florida

The curious on the date. Between 100,000 and 200,000 people are expected in Florida, United States, this Monday to witness the launch of the Artemis mission rocket.

Among them is the country’s vice president, Kamala Harris.

A tourist looks at the rocket that will take off as part of the Artemis mission, in Florida, the United States, August 28, 2022.
A tourist looks at the rocket that will take off as part of the Artemis mission, in Florida, USA, on August 28, 2022 © Chandan KHANNA / AFP

Artemis mission: rocket launch delayed?

Although the launch of the NASA rocket as part of the Artemis 1 mission is scheduled for 2:33 p.m. Paris time, the departure could be delayed.

Indeed, the reservoirs began to fill with a delay of one hour, due to a too high risk of lightning in the middle of the night.

Then, around 3:00 a.m. local time, a possible leak was detected while the main stage was being filled with hydrogen, causing a pause. After testing, the flow has finally resumed, with teams on site continuing to closely monitor the situation.

NASA hopes to make up for the backlog. The departure time remains unchanged for the time being.

“Test our ranges” before going to Mars: Pesquet explains the motivations of the Artemisa mission

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet explains that carrying out new missions on the Moon still has scientific interests.

“There are still many things to do, we know that there is the presence of liquid water, helium 3, somewhat rare resources,” he explains, also mentioning the possible establishment of a “telescope on the far side” of the Moon.

But, he adds, the great objective is to “test our lines” before organizing a first trip to Mars.

“(Going to the red planet) is scientifically more interesting” than going back to the moon, he believes.

Artemis mission: why return to the Moon?

As part of the Artemis 1 mission, NASA’s new rocket is due to take off this Monday at the beginning of the afternoon towards the Moon. This first, uncrewed flight must eventually be followed by sending men and women to Earth’s satellite, fifty years after the last Apollo flight. This return of human beings to the Moon has both a scientific and a geopolitical objective.

>> All explanations can be found here.

“About time”: Thomas Pesquet praises global awareness of climate change

Thomas Pesquet welcomes the global awareness of climate change that has accelerated this summer.

“It’s about time, we no longer have a choice,” he said.

“We will have to change,” he warns, saying he has long been “frustrated” that people are not “receptive” to climate change discourse.

“The atmosphere of the great days”: Pesquet assures that the expectation is great in Florida a few hours after the launch of the Artemis rocket

Thomas Pesquet says the anticipation is already high in Florida within hours of the NASA rocket taking off.

He says that since Sunday night motorhomes and tents have already been set up and that “people have put signs on their doors.”

It is “the atmosphere of the big days,” he says.

“A great opportunity”: Thomas Pesquet hopes to be chosen to go to the Moon

The astronaut talks about his chances of going to the Moon in the next few years, believing that they are “not negligible”, despite the competition.

“I will not be the only volunteer,” he recalls, before declaring that he has “an important opportunity to maybe one day find myself at the top of this mission, it would be magical.”

“It’s the beginning of a new era”: Thomas Pesquet welcomes the launch of a new rocket to the Moon

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet hails the launch of a new rocket to the Moon, evoking the “beginning of a new era”, on BFMTV.

“It is the return of humanity to the Moon” and “the beginning of a new era” that should allow “to settle there more and more, to build bases”.

What will NASA’s Artemis I mission be used for?

Weather permitting, the Orion spacecraft will blast off for the Moon from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday starting at 8:33 a.m. local time (2:33 p.m. in Paris), with the NASA Space Launch System (SLS). ) rocket. The trip lasts 42 days, 3 hours and 20 minutes, with a return scheduled for October 10.

This trip to the Moon is the first of several others that should eventually allow man to reach Mars.

>> All the details of this mission can be found here.

Good morning to all!

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