After the failed attempt on Monday, today will be the new attempt to launch Artemis I. After 50 whole years, NASA aspires to return to the Moon.
SLS, the most powerful rocket ever built at 98 meters, will launch the Orion capsule on a six-week mission around the Moon and back to Earth.
The first launch attempt, which took place on Monday, ended ingloriously after a cooling problem was detected in one of the SLS’s central stage engines.
The Artemis program, which succeeds the Apollo program of the 1960s (Artemis was the sister of Apollo in Greek mythology), will culminate with the first lunar landing mission, possibly in 2025.
The code name of the first flight of the new launch system and Orion capsule is Artemis I with the goal of conducting a test flight of various stages for the 2.87 million ton total spacecraft before NASA makes decisions on its suitability for manned flight.
The mission’s initial launch attempt Artemis I by NASA on Monday was aborted after a cooling problem was detected in one of the SLS’s central stage engines, forcing the US space agency to suspend the launch countdown.