Artemis I withstands Hurricane Nicole, still ready for launch on Wednesday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WHNT) — The long-awaited launch of Artemis I, which has been repeatedly pushed back for various reasons, is scheduled to launch on Wednesday.

The most recent delay was due to Hurricane Nicole, which made landfall in Florida on November 10. NASA officials decided to leave the rocket on the launch pad during the storm.

NASA Administrator Jim Free said there was some minor damage sustained during the storm, including a tear in an engine rain cover, but overall it held up to the storm .

There are other issues, like added moisture in some areas, but ground crews are working to fix those issues for a Wednesday launch.

The top of the launch structure saw winds of up to 100 miles per hour, but Artemis I and the structure withstood.

Friday night, Artemis I is still set to launch on Wednesday, with the two-hour launch window opening at 12:04 a.m.

The backup option is a Saturday November 19th launch if conditions are still not favorable for Wednesday’s launch.

If Artemis I was launched on Wednesday, the rocket would return to Earth on December 11.


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