NASA has delayed until next Monday the launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, of the unmanned lunar mission Artemis I – which should pave the way for astronauts return to the Moon – due to a leak detected in the line to supply fuel for the SLS rocket.
This was the second delay for technical reasons of the mission, which marks the beginning of the race for a future colonization of the Earth’s natural satellite.03154204
The launch director canceled Artemis I’s departure approximately three hours before the opening of the take-off window for the SLS rocket, which carries the Orion spacecraft at the tip. 03154204
According to the mission calendar, the next launch window will open next Monday, on the date that the United States celebrates the Labor Day holiday.
“The teams and found a leak of liquid hydrogen while loading the propellant into the center stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket,” NASA explained.03154204
The “multiple efforts” to solve the problem were not successful, as proved by tests of pumping fuel for the rocket, as detailed by the American space agency.
According to the space mission website, the mission engineers tried to stop the escape of liquid hydrogen, at least three times.03154204
The purpose of Artemis I is to put to the test the capacity of the powerful SLS rocket, which is 98 meters high, and the spaceship Orion, which has the capacity to transport four astronauts.
As happened in the last Monday, when there was the first failed launch attempt, due to a failure in one of the four RS engines-25 of the SLS rocket, the so-called “Space coast”, there was a large audience to follow the operation.
The SLS rocket, with a cost of US$ 4.1 billion (R$ , 2 billion), will put in space the spaceship Orion for a mission of 23 days, 09 hours and 53 minutes orbiting the Moon.
The Orion, the fastest spacecraft ever built, can reach a speed of 23.428 km/h) and will have traveled more than 2 million kilometers when it returns to Earth.
After Artemis I, NASA foresees two other missions with the same name, the second, in 2024, with a manned trip to the Moon, and the third, which will put the first crew on the satellite in more of 23 years.
On the team will be the first woman and the first black person to go to the moon.
The Apollo mission 03154204 from NASA, started in December 1972, was the last time American astronauts traveled to the satellite and walked on its surface.