Changes to the launch procedure: NASA wants to dare the "Artemis" launch on Saturday

After the aborted start of the "Artemis" moon mission on Monday, NASA announced the time window for a new start: Changes to the start process should bring a happier course of the venture at Cape Canaveral on Saturday afternoon.

Changes to the launch procedure: NASA wants to dare the "Artemis" launch on Saturday

After the aborted start of the "Artemis" moon mission on Monday, NASA announced the time window for a new start: Changes to the start process should bring a happier course of the venture at Cape Canaveral on Saturday afternoon.

The US space agency NASA wants to make a new attempt to launch its new moon rocket on Saturday. This was announced by NASA representative Mike Sarafin, who is responsible for the unmanned mission "Artemis 1" at a press conference. After the problems on Monday, the team decided to change the fuel loading process.

NASA had to call off the first test flight originally planned for Monday shortly before takeoff from Cape Canaveral in Florida due to technical problems: there were temperature problems with one of the four main engines of the SLS rocket. Now the engines are to be cooled down earlier in the starting process.

The start on Saturday afternoon (local time) at the Cape Canaveral spaceport could also be canceled due to the weather, it said. At 2:17 p.m. (8:17 p.m. German time) a two-hour window for a possible start begins. Originally, NASA had named Friday and Monday as start alternatives.

NASA has set itself an ambitious goal: 50 years after the last moon landing, they want to send another rocket to the moon. The task of the 42-day mission "Artemis 1" is to test the most powerful launch vehicle to date and the Orion capsule sitting at the top under real conditions.

The follow-up mission "Artemis 2" is to bring astronauts into a lunar orbit, with "Artemis 3" a moon landing should succeed at the earliest in 2025. In the long term, however, it is about a manned mission to Mars.

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