Those responsible for the Artemis I mission at NASA expect lift-off to take place in late August or early September 2022, which would mean the first step in establishing a lasting human presence on the Moon while preparing for the jump to Mars. reported on Wednesday (20.07.2022).
Artemis mission manager Mike Sarafin said in a teleconference that the dates of August 29, September 2 and September 5 are being worked out as possible launch days for the spacecraft.
He recalled that today, July 20, is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, “a good reminder of the privilege it is to be part of a mission like this,” Sarafin stressed.
“The teams have been working on the project for a long time,” Sarafin told the media, accompanied by NASA’s Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Jim Free and Exploration Program Operations Manager. of Earth Systems, Cliff Lanham.
“More details will be given in the next two weeks,” he said about the details of the team’s final launch and test dates.
Just a month ago today, the mission that seeks to return astronauts to the Moon carried out a rehearsal at the Kennedy Space Center, in the state of Florida (USA) that consisted of filling fuel tanks and counting down , but this had to be shortened due to the appearance of a hydrogen leak in the rocket.
The first three tests had been canceled last April due to problems pumping the more than 700,000 gallons of fuel for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, which will carry the Orion capsule attached.