LIVE – Mission Artemis: rocket launch delayed?

The countdown stopped at H-40 minutes

Counting is stopped at H-40 minutes. The “hydrogen” teams had a 10-minute break to talk to launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson.

Artemis mission countdown © NASA

They are still waiting for a resolution of the hydrogen problem in engine n ° 3 so there is a potential leak found there.

Mission Artemis: how long will the rocket launch be postponed?

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

If, the rocket does not fly during this slot, its departure will be postponed to September 2, the next possible take-off date.

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

Mission Artemis: between 100,000 and 200,000 people expected to attend take-off in Florida

The curiosity of the rendezvous. Between 100,000 and 200,000 people are expected in the area of ​​Florida, United States, this Monday to watch the launch of the Artemis mission rocket.

Among them is the Vice President of the country, Kamala Harris.

A tourist watches a rocket take off as part of the Artemis mission, in Florida, United States, August 28, 2022
A tourist watches the rocket take off as part of the Artemis mission, in Florida, United States, August 28, 2022 © Chandan KHANNA / AFP

Mission Artemis: rocket launch delayed?

While the launch of NASA’s rocket as part of the Artemis 1 mission is scheduled for 2:33 pm Paris time, the departure may be delayed.

In fact, the reservoirs started to be filled with a delay of about an hour, due to the high risk of lightning in the middle of the night.

Then, around 3:00 a.m. local time, a potential leak was detected while filling the main stage with hydrogen, resulting in a shutdown. After the test, the flow finally resumed, with the site teams continuing to closely monitor the situation.

NASA hopes to make up for the accumulated delay. The departure time remains unchanged for now.

“Rehearsing our sequences” before going to Mars: Pesquet explains the motives of the Artemis mission

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet explained that creating new missions to the Moon still has scientific interest.

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

But, he added, the big goal is to “rehearse our lines” before organizing a first trip to Mars.

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

Mission Artemis: why return to the Moon?

As part of the Artemis 1 mission, NASA’s new rocket is set to take off this Monday in the early afternoon for the Moon. This first flight, unmanned, was to be followed by the final sending of men and women to the Earth’s satellite, fifty years after the last flight of Apollo. This return of men to the Moon has scientific and geopolitical purposes.

>> All explanations can be found here.

“It’s about time”: Thomas Pesquet praises the world’s awareness of climate change

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

“It was time, we had no choice,” he said.

“We have to change,” he warned, saying he had long been “disappointed” to see people not “receptive” to the discourse on climate change.

“The atmosphere of the big days”: Pesquet assures that the expectation is good in Florida a few hours before the takeoff of the Artemis rocket

Thomas Pesquet says that anticipation is already high in Florida a few hours before the takeoff of the NASA rocket.

He says motorhomes and tents have been installed since Sunday night and that “people are putting signs on their doors”.

It’s the “atmosphere of the big days”, he assured.

“An important moment”: Thomas Pesquet hopes to be chosen to go to the Moon

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

“I’m not the only volunteer”, he recalled, before declaring that he had “an important chance that maybe one day I will find myself at the end of this mission, it will be magical”.

“This is the beginning of a new era”: Thomas Pesquet welcomes the launch of a new rocket to the Moon

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet welcomed the launch of a new rocket to the Moon, sparking “the start of a new era”, on BFMTV.

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

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

Weather permitting, the Orion spacecraft will fly to the Moon from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (United States) on Monday from 8:33 a.m. local time (2:33 p.m. Paris), along with NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). ) rocket. The trip will take 42 days, 3 hours and 20 minutes, with a scheduled return on October 10.

This journey to the Moon was the first of many others that would eventually allow man to reach Mars.

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

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