NASA eyes late September for another Artemis I launch attempt

An orange and white rocket sits on a launchpad at the center of a landscape photo.
The SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft sit on the launchpad on September 6th, 2022. | Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP via Getty Images

After repeated delays, NASA is lightly penciling in launch dates of September 23rd or 27th for its Artemis I mission. A lot of things will have to go right for either of those dates to be possible, including repairs to the rocket’s fueling system, a sign-off from the Space Force, and managing to avoid an assortment of space scheduling conflicts.

Artemis I will mark the first launch of the agency’s massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and will send a spacecraft called Orion out on an orbit far past the Moon. This mission will be uncrewed and serve as a test for later missions that will send astronauts back to the Moon for the first time in decades.

After a hydrogen leak foiled NASA’s third attempt to launch the mission on…

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Author: Mary Beth Griggs