An Artemis rocket launch was attempted on Saturday
The launch had to be postponed due to a hydrogen leak in the rocket
Earlier on Monday, the launch also had to be postponed
New Delhi. US space agency NASA’s Artemis 1 campaign to send a rocket to the moon has been postponed again. For this reason, NASA’s ambitious plan to send rockets to the moon could take longer. An attempt to launch the Artemis rocket took place on Saturday but had to be postponed due to a hydrogen leak. NASA tweeted that the Artemis 1 mission to the Moon had been postponed. Artemis-1 mission crews attempted to repair a leak in the rocket’s fuel transfer hardware, but were unsuccessful, forcing the mission to be postponed.
Engineers now want to test the rocket, and repairs can now be done in the workshop rather than on the launch pad. This whole process can take several weeks. In such a situation, it may be possible to try the launch for the third time only in mid-October. The Space Launch System (SLS) is the most powerful rocket ever developed by NASA. It is designed to send astronauts and equipment to the moon after 50 years. To launch this rocket, the energy generated from three million liters of extremely cold liquid hydrogen and oxygen is needed in the launcher’s four large engines.
But on Saturday morning, when the order was given to fill the rocket’s hydrogen tank, an alarm sounded due to a fuel leak. The problem was found from where the hydrogen was filled. Efforts were also made to repair it immediately but without success. NASA had also attempted to launch the rocket on Monday as well. But, he could not succeed even then because the temperature in his four engines was not found to be correct. However, subsequent analysis revealed that erroneous information was being received from a sensor. All four engines were in full launch condition.
This is the first flight as part of NASA’s 21st century lunar exploration program. According to American mythology, it is named after Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo. The Space Launch System will try to spin the rocket “capsule” around the Moon, then it will return. The “capsule” will have no one on board and only three effigies will be kept for testing. If this test is successful, it will be the first “capsule” to go to the Moon since NASA’s Apollo program 50 years ago.
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