NASA will make a third attempt to launch its lunar mission at the end of September

NASA is heading for a third attempt to get its lunar mission off the ground later this September, US space agency officials said.

The agency has asked the division of the US Space Force that oversees launches at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to set aside September 23 and 27 as possible dates to launch the Artemis I mission, using the giant Space Launch System rocket. and the Orion spacecraft, it was reported Thursday. Twice since the end of August, NASA has tried to launch its rocket, but ended up giving up due to technical problems.

NASA engineers are working hard to fix a relatively large hydrogen leak that occurred during refueling last Saturday, Space Launch Complex manager Mike Bolger told a briefing. Kennedy Space Center.

The agency also plans to conduct tests Sept. 17 using super cold thrusters that power the rocket’s engines, he said.

Agency engineers are still trying to determine why the relatively large hydrogen leak occurred last Saturday.

This mission should mark the very first flight of the American program to return to the Moon, dubbed Artemis.

Artemis 1, which will be done without astronauts on board, aims to test the rocket and the capsule to ensure that they can transport a crew safely to the Moon, from 2024.

In 2024, the Artemis 2 mission will carry astronauts to orbit around the Moon, without landing there.

For its part, the crew of Artemis 3, a mission scheduled for 2025 at the earliest, should land on the Moon.

The last time humans landed on the moon was on Apollo 17 in 1972.

The Artemis program plans to send the first woman and the first person of color to the Moon.

This NASA-led program relies on international collaboration, including the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and several commercial partners.

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