NASA's Moon mission was delayed
NASA is targeting September 27 as the earliest possible launch date for its uncrewed Artemis 1 mission to the Moon.
The date depends on engineering teams successfully fueling the Space Launch System rocket and receiving a waiver to avoid retesting emergency flight system batteries.
If not, the rocket will have to be wheeled back to its assembly factory, delaying the launch by several weeks.
On September 27, a 70-minute launch window opens at 11:37 am EDT, and the Orion capsule would splashdown on November 5.
Next date: October 2.
Artemis 1 will test the SLS and unmanned Orion spacecraft in preparation for human Moon missions.
The spacecraft will take many days to reach the Moon, travelling 60 miles during its closest approach.
When the capsule re-enters the atmosphere, one of the key goals is to test its 16-foot-diameter thermal shield. The following mission, Artemis 2, won't land on the Moon
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