America’s ambitious mission lunar rocket is named after Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo, according to mythological belief. Its first attempt was unsuccessful due to a technical fault.
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US space agency NASA has launched its ambitious mission lunar rocket Artemis-1 For the second time in a week, today will try again on Saturday. Earlier, the scheduled launch on Monday had to be postponed 5 days ago due to a fuel leak and then an engine failure during the final preparations for the launch of the lunar rocket.
The NASA team at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is set to make a second attempt at a successful launch of the new lunar rocket. The 32-story-tall Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion capsule will take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 2:17 pm local time (1817 GMT) today. According to Indian time, this launch will happen at around 11:47 pm.
no astronaut aboard the rocket
From the US, this lunar rocket Artemis is being launched again after 50 years of Apollo lunar mission. NASA’s previous launch attempt had to be postponed on Monday due to technical problems.
Ambitious mission manager Michael Sarfin said about the launch, “There is no guarantee that we will launch it on Saturday, although we are going to keep trying.” It is being said that the weather in Florida is such that the probability of launching a rocket is only about 60 percent.
The special thing is that this is the first mission of this rocket in which no astronaut will be aboard. If this mission is successful, then in future astronauts will also be sent in it.
Launch averted due to two technical glitches
Earlier on Monday, the launch had to be postponed due to a fuel leak and then an engine failure during the final preparations for the launch of NASA’s new lunar rocket.
NASA repeatedly stopped and started the process of filling about one million gallons of hydrogen and oxygen into the Space Launch System rocket due to a highly explosive hydrogen leak at the same location. The leak was visible at the same place where the seepage had appeared during the dress rehearsal earlier as well.
NASA officials said the agency faced a new problem when it failed to properly cool one of its four major engines.
The launch marks a significant milestone in the US effort to land astronauts on the Moon’s surface for the first time since the end of the Apollo program 50 years ago. This spacecraft is 322 feet or 98 meters long, which is the most powerful rocket ever built by NASA and more powerful than the Saturn-5, which took the astronauts of the Apollo program to the Moon.
According to American mythology, this lunar rocket is named after Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo.