NASA launched a moon rocket for a second attempt. Accordingly, an unmanned lunar rocket set on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Centre.
The purpose of the Artemis 1 mission is to verify that the Orion capsule would be safe to carry astronauts in the future.
However, the launch is scheduled for 2:17 pm local time (1817 GMT) from Kennedy Space Centre. It continued, with a possible two-hour delay if necessary.
NASA Launched Moon Rocket For Second Attempt
After the technical issues in its first attempt of launch, NASA made the second attempt on Saturday. Accordingly, it has got its new 30-story rocket off the ground to send the test capsule towards the moon.
Now, if this Space Launch System (SLS) lifts off successfully, it will be historic for NASA. This is just marking the first of its Artemis program plotting a return to the Moon, fifty years after the final Apollo mission.
Statement Of Jeremy Parsons
Jeremy Parsons is the deputy manager of exploration ground systems at Kennedy Space Centre. He said:
“Our team is ready,”
“They are getting better with every attempt and actually performed superbly during launch countdown number one… I think if the conditions with weather and the hardware align, we’ll absolutely go.”
About NASA’s Second Launch Attempt To Moon
NASA’s first woman launch director, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, announced the final “go” for liftoff on Saturday. Accordingly, a successful Artemis 1 mission will come as a huge relief to the US space agency.
However, they had made years of delays and cost overruns. Now, the government audit estimates the program’s cost will grow to $93 billion by 2025. And, it will have its first four missions clocking in at a whopping $4.1 billion per launch.
Now, the crew of Artemis 3 is to land on the Moon in 2025 at the earliest. It has set missions envisaging a lunar space station and a sustainable presence on the lunar surface.