After a long delay and a hold on the countdown, Artemis 1 had a very exciting launch into space. SLS took off at 1:47 AM from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
It also marks a major success for NASA’s Artemis program to return to the Moon, which has been plagued by years of delays, development mishaps, and billions of dollars in budget overruns. During the past few months, both hurricanes and technical difficulties caused launch delays — including two scrubs. Then, tonight, engineers managed to fix both an intermittent hydrogen leak and a “bad ethernet switch” in the hours just before launch.
Originally reported on The Verge
I’ve been eagerly waiting to see the SLS rocket launch. This has been plagued by multiple delays, the latest of which was due to hurricane Nicole.
The next launch is scheduled for the morning of November 16. This will be the third attempt to launch Artemis. Artemis Program is an attempt to for humans to go back to the moon for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972
A preliminary inspection of the rocket on Thursday night and Friday night after the storm had passed revealed only some very minor issues, most of which had already been addressed by Friday afternoon when Free spoke to reporters during a teleconference. “We design it to be out there,” Free said of the rocket, noting Kennedy Space Center’s exposure to hurricanes on Florida’s Atlantic coast. “If we didn’t design it to be out there in harsh weather, we picked the wrong launch spot.”
Originally reported on Ars Technica. Featured image by Trevor Mahlmann on Ars Technica