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Artemis I confirms the third release date | Digital Trends Spanish

After two failed attempts to launch its new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket towards the Moon, the POT confirmed on Monday a new schedule for a third effort to kick off the highly anticipated Artemis I mission.

The space agency said it is now targeting Tuesday, September 27, for its next launch attempt. If that fails, it will try to send the rocket into the sky on Sunday, October 2.

Last week, NASA said it was targeting Friday, September 23 for a launch attempt, but that date has now been scrapped.

Specifically, the September 27 launch attempt involves a 70-minute launch window opening at 11:37 a.m. ET, with the Orion capsule arriving at Earth about six weeks later on November 5. If that launch can’t go ahead, NASA will instead target Oct. 2, with a 109-minute launch window opening at 2:52 p.m. ET and the spacecraft returning to Earth on Nov. 11.

Before the Sept. 27 launch attempt, NASA said it needs to conduct a refueling test, an exercise it plans to do no earlier than Wednesday, Sept. 21.

“The updated dates represent careful consideration of multiple logistical issues,” said the agency in a statement Monday, adding that the new schedule “also allows managers to ensure crews get adequate rest and replenish supplies of cryogenic propellants.”

NASA canceled the August 29 launch attempt with just 40 minutes on the countdown clock after engineers identified a problem with one of the engines in the core stage of the rocket.

Five days later, it halted final preparations for another launch after a fuel leak caught the attention of engineers.

The 97-meter-tall rocket and Orion spacecraft remain in place on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The uncrewed Artemis I mission will send Orion on a flyby of the moon, with the spacecraft returning to Earth six weeks later. If the test mission is a success, NASA will send astronauts on the same flight path for the Artemis II mission. Then, possibly in 2025, Artemis III will strive to put the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface in the first manned lunar landing in five decades.

NASA wants to use the first Artemis missions to build a lunar base for long-duration manned missions, using what it learns for the first astronaut mission to Mars, possibly in the late 2030s.

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