We are not quite sure when the next Artemis launch will be. There has been some delay due to a variety of technical issues. NASA wants to send astronauts to the moon by 2026 and establish a base there. The launch of Artemis will mark the next step towards this goal. If the space program is to achieve the desired goal, this mission will be critical.
Artemis launch Time at 11.17am local time (4.17pm BT), with 2 hours and 30 minutes left in the countdown.
Artemis I mission
The Artemis I mission will be the first uncrewed test flight of the Space Launch System’s SLS rocket. The mission will also conduct extensive tests of the Orion module. The launch time is currently unknown, but it will most likely be sometime in August. The launch window is two weeks, which means the rocket has a lot of time to prepare.
The Space Launch System countdown has entered a two-hour 30-minute hold at the L-minus nine-hour and 40-minute mark. Once the countdown is complete, the mission managers will review the flight preparations and clear the team to begin fuel loading. The process will start around 6 a.m. when liquid oxygen and hydrogen fuel will start flowing through the rocket’s transfer lines. The entire process will take six hours.
NASA’s plans to send astronauts to the moon by 2026
NASA plans to send astronauts to the moon by the year 2026. The agency wants to get back to the moon after nearly 50 years. But first, the agency must develop a launch vehicle that can take astronauts there. This rocket will be called the SLS. It will be powered by four engines and is capable of lifting more than 38 tons of payload.
Ultimately, NASA wants to send humans to the moon to stay longer. It plans to launch a space station in orbit around the moon and send astronauts to the moon’s surface. It also plans to set up a lunar base that would enable future trips to Mars and beyond.
Technical issues that have delayed the launch
Two major technical issues have delayed the launch of Artemis I and Artemis II. First, the RS-25 engine on the booster failed to reach the correct temperature. A team of engineers is currently working on a fix for the problem, which could cause the launch to be postponed until September or October.
The second problem was the leaking of hydrogen from the rocket. The leak occurred during the countdown and caused engineers to scrub the launch attempt. This meant that the rocket would not reach orbit. In addition, the engines would not cool to the appropriate temperature.
NASA’s plan to establish a base on the moon
NASA’s plan to establish a base is not an entirely new idea. The space agency has long wanted to land humans on the moon, and a recent report outlines its plans for the future of space exploration. They plan to land humans on the moon by 2024, with four astronauts flying in Orion spacecraft to the Gateway space station – the moon’s version of the International Space Station. Contractors such as SpaceX will be involved in the mission, called Artemis III.
The plan calls for establishing a lunar base in one of several areas on the Moon. The ideal location for such a base is at the south pole, home to permanently shadowed craters and deposits of ice. The ice deposits are believed to have been deposited there by icy comets, asteroids, and meteors. These deposits would provide oxygen and hydrogen fuel for settlers.