The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reported that four lightning strikes hit the launch pad of the Mega Moon rocket, which is part of the Artemis I mission, while a series of tests were being carried out at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, in Florida. The rocket will help transport humans to the Moon and is considered the most powerful in the world, with a height of 98 meters.
According to the US space agency, three of the impacts affected tower two and would have been of “low intensity”. The fourth, meanwhile, was the most powerful and hit tower one. At that time, the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System were powered up on the launch pad, so the test had to be suspended until weather conditions permitted.
“The teams currently see no restrictions on proceeding with the test countdown timeline as planned and will continue procedures to fire the SLS and ICPS thrusters overnight,” NASA said.
Artemis 1 is the first NASA mission that is part of the Artemis program, with which it is intended to take astronauts to the Moon in 2025. There is still no date for the first flight to the Earth’s natural satellite, but it is known that it will be a unmanned trip around this. The idea is to test the Space Launch System and the Orion crew capsule.