NASA eyes November for much-delayed Artemis 1 mission launch attempt

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Friday it would attempt to launch its mega moon rocket in November. The US space agency has not provided a specific date for the much-delayed Artemis 1 mission.

The US space agency has revealed it is preparing its next launch window between November 12 and 27 after being forced to delay its last liftoff attempt due to powerful Hurricane Ian hitting Florida this week.

In a blog post, NASA said that in the coming days the team will assess the conditions and work required and “identify a specific date for the next launch attempt.”

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This is NASA’s first mission to the Moon in 50 years. NASA’s Artemis I will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions aimed at establishing a long-term human presence on the Moon in the coming decades.

The mission was marred by delays and NASA has already tried twice to launch the Artemis 1 mission uncrewed, in late August and early September, but both had to be aborted at the last minute due to technical issues.

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In the blog post, NASA also revealed that crews from Kennedy Space Center in Florida conducted initial inspections on Friday to assess the potential impacts of Hurricane Ian.

There was no damage to Artemis’ flight hardware and facilities are in good condition with only minor water intrusion identified in a few locations.

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