On September 3, NASA is prepared for its second attempt to launch the Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. According to NASA, the launch controllers were unable to cool down the four RS-25 rocket engines on August 29, when Artemis I was initially scheduled to begin its trip to the Moon and return.
As a result, the launch was postponed until the problems were fixed before being rescheduled. NASA will start covering the launch at 5:45 am EDT (3:15 pm IST), and it will happen a few hours later.
At 2:17 PM ET, or 11:47 PM IST, Artemis I is planned to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Jettison Rocket Boosters will separate after liftoff, followed by the main engine cutting out. After orbiting the globe once, the SLS rocket will depart for the Moon.
The capsule will then be propelled by Orion’s engines in the direction of Earth’s sole natural satellite, bringing it around 100 kilometers close to the Moon’s surface.
Orion will travel around 64,400 kilometers beyond the Moon throughout the mission before returning to Earth. One male and two female mannequins will serve as the Orion’s simulated crew, and the spacecraft will be equipped with sensors to track radiation levels.
Artemis How To Watch I Begin
NASA’s official YouTube account will broadcast the Artemis I launch live. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are more platforms where you can follow the SLS rocket launch.
At the launch site, the Artemis I launch window will open from 2:17 PM ET; spectators in India can check in at 11:47 PM IST.
The Artemis I moon launch, which was organized by Felix&Paul Studios, is also available on Facebook in 360-degree VR. Ninety minutes before commencement, the VR stream will start. Karen Nyberg and Doug Hurley, two retired astronauts, will serve as the hosts of the VR Livestream on Meta’s Quest headsets.
Why was August 29 so disastrous?
The launch attempt for Artemis I was aborted on August 29 because the launch controllers were unable to keep the RS-25 engines at the proper temperature. According to NASA communications expert Rachel Kraft, this was due to the launch controllers’ failure to do so.
According to the space agency at the time, the SLS rocket was secure and steady when the Artemis I launch was aborted.
The New Launch Window for Artemis I
On September 3, NASA will start covering the Artemis I moon launch at 3:15 p.m. IST (5:45 am EDT) with tanking operations to fill the SLS rocket with propellant.
Beginning at 4:37 am EDT, the start of a 2.5-hour built-in pause, the launch countdown will continue (2:07 pm IST).
Full lunar coverage will start at 12:15 EDT (9:45 IST), covering the translunar injection and spacecraft separation. After the launch broadcast ends in about an hour (September 4, 3:30 am EDT), NASA will host a post-launch news conference.