CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WHNT) — NASA officials have provided an update on preparations underway for the launch of the first Artemis mission.
On Wednesday morning, on the 53rd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first step on the moon, NASA held a teleconference on the launch date of the new lunar rocket, the Space Launch System.
The next launch window opens Monday, August 22 and ends September 6 for the first flight, Artemis I.
Associate Administrator Jim Free said they hold the launch range for an August 29, September 2, or September 5 launch. He added that the exact launch date will be determined based on several factors, including the duration of repairs and preparations as well as the weather at the time of launch.
The SLS is inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center, where repairs were made to a component called a “collar”. During a rehearsal wetsuit test, a hydrogen leak was discovered near the rocket’s engine section and a collar inside the engine section wall was found to be loose, according to NASA .
Crews are working on repairing the gripper while other launch preparations are being made inside the VAB.
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