Artemis I launch scrubbed, astronauts say the launch will teach many things
DELMARVA – Artemis I, the most powerful rocket in the world was set to launch today from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The launch was scrubbed today but it’s set to teach scientists some valuable lessons.
“This is the first time we’re going back o the moon in 50 years,” says Astrophysicist Dr. Matt Bobrowsky, for Delaware State University.
NASA’s Artemis I launch scrubbed Monday. But Astrophysicist Matt Bobrowsky says this mission will teach us many things. “Learn about what kind of use we might make of the moon, there will be small spacecraft that will be released by the Artemis mission that will tell us about the composition of the moon or how much water or ice there is and other natural resources. The research will provide new technologies that could eventually be used in space experiments or space transportation, so it provides both research and educational motivation for learning new things,” says Dr.Bobrowsky.
The launch will be uncrewed however mannequins will be on the rocket before humans are set to visit the moon again in a few years. “Some of those mannequins are specifically designed to be female mannequins because apparently women are more sensitive to the radiation effects from the space environment than men are,” says Dr.Bobrowsky.
Now that the launch has been postponed NASA officials have a better idea of what needs to be fixed. “The indications don’t point to an engine problem, it’s in the bleed system that thermally conditions the engines, we did change the diameter of that from Stennis we did the green run testing to here and we never fully got into the engine bleed configuration,” says Mike Sarafin, the Artemis I Mission Manager.
Artemis I will eventually travel 280,000 miles to the moon requiring 8 point 8 million pounds of thrust. “We would have actually seen the vehicle launch, the slides come off, it continuing on, eventually it kicks off the Orion capsule, and we end up going – headed toward the moon,” says former astronaut and first Black woman to travel to space, Mae Jemison.
NASA’s division management team will meet tomorrow to review the data. That conference will be in the evening.