New Delays for NASA’s Artemis I Moon Mission

Artemis I Space Launch System Rocket Inside High Bay 3 VAB

A close-up view of the Artemis I Space Launch System rocket inside High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on September 20, 2021. Credit: NASA/Frank Michaux

NASA has updated the schedule to move the combined Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft out of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Launch Pad 39B at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for testing to no earlier than March 2022.

NASA has added additional time to complete closeout activities inside the VAB prior to rolling the integrated rocket and spacecraft out for the first time. While the teams are not working any major issues, engineers continue work associated with final closeout tasks and flight termination system testing ahead of the wet dress rehearsal.

Artemis I Mobile Launcher at Vehicle Assembly Building

The mobile launcher for the Artemis I mission, atop crawler-transporter 2, arrives at the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 30, 2020. The agency will roll the combined Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft out of the VAB atop crawler-transporter 2 to Launch Pad 39B at the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for testing no earlier than March 2022. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Teams are taking operations a step at a time to ensure the integrated system is ready to safely launch the Artemis I mission. NASA is reviewing launch opportunities in April and May.

2 Comments on "New Delays for NASA’s Artemis I Moon Mission"

  1. Not gonna stop. Good old boy network wants to kill some more Astronauts.

  2. Amazing how in just 9 years, NASA went from not being existent to landing on the moon (thanks to a literal Nazi but I digress). 50 years and not only has no one landed on the moon during that time,but NASA has had to reschedule Artemis launches, which are themselves “stepping stones” in order to get “back to the moon”.

    At what point are will they just come clean?

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