- Liftoff was removed due to technical issues on Monday.
- The weather would also have affected the launch.
- Spectators should be aware of heat and storms.
NASA will reattempt the long-awaited Artemis moon rocket launch on Saturday.
The launch attempt earlier this week has been scrubbed.
Previously, the backup launch window was set to Friday and Monday. The changes were announced during the period. briefing Tuesday evening.
The launch window opens at 2:17 PM. Expect good weather for at least part of this time.
But launch controllers warned that technical problems could still occur. Artemis has never flown before.
According to the 45th Weather Squadron, which is stationed at nearby Patrick Space Force Station and responsible for launch day forecasting, Friday’s weather forecast was only 40 percent ahead. As of briefing time, no forecast for Saturday’s launch was posted.
Storms are a threat no matter what date is chosen for this weekend.
“There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms in each of the next two launch windows. Wind conditions on land will take shape later this week, meaning the coast will generally see more in the morning than in the afternoon. should see more rain, but an afternoon thunderstorm cannot be ruled out.” Teki.com Digital Meteorologist Jonathan Bells Said.
(more: The weather is the key to the launch date.)
If the launch is pushed again, the tropics can appear. Although no direct impact is expected, a tropical disturbance will occur between Bermuda and Hispaniola next week, which could affect launch plans.
For spectators, Florida’s hot and humid weather continues to require preparation, as does the danger of lightning.
Monday’s launch was canceled due to technical issues, but the weather may have played a role as well. The forecast for the launch was 8:33 a.m., which favored him for an EDT liftoff, but it could have been canceled by rain around that time, said Artemis, his mission manager Mike Seraphine, on Monday. said in the afternoon. briefing.
Previously, overnight storms delayed refueling and affected the countdown.
Based on strict weather constraints, there is a 1 in 3 chance of any given launch being scrubbed, Melody Lovin, launch meteorologist for the 45th Weather Squadron, said in an email Friday. rice field.
About half of the scrubs are due to the weather, says Lovin. The rest is due to things like technical issues that happened on Monday.
The mission of the giant Space Launch System rocket, known as SLS for short, is to send an unmanned Orion capsule into orbit around the Moon, preparing to return humans to the Moon within the next few years. , and in the future, even deeper into space.
NASA says SLS is the most powerful rocket ever built.
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