Today (September 23), NASA will announce an update on its Artemis 1 mission to the moon, and you can listen to it live.
The Artemis 1 The press briefing is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT (1630 GMT). You can listen here on Space.com, courtesy of NASA, or directly through the space agency (opens in a new tab). (The briefing appears to be audio only.)
The following will participate in the call:
- Tom Whitmeyer, Deputy Associate Administrator, Common Exploration Systems Development, NASA Headquarters
- Brad McCain, vice president and CEO of Jacobs Space Operations Group
- John Blevins, Space launch system (SLS) chief engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
NASA attempted to launch Artemis 1 on August 29 and September 3, but both times were thwarted by failures. The release for September 3 was a liquid hydrogen leakwhich the mission team resolved by replacing two seals in the damaged section, the “quick disconnect” that connects the SLS main stage to the fuel line from the mobile launch tower.
Team Artemis 1 performed a refueling test on Wednesday (September 21) and the correction took place; the team found the leak but was able to reduce it to a manageable level. All objectives were achieved during Wednesday’s test, so “teams are finalizing procedures for the next launch, which is scheduled no earlier than September 27,” NASA officials wrote in the update (opens in a new tab) on Thursday (September 22).
Today’s press briefing will give us more details about these procedures and the mission team’s future plans.
These plans depend on several factors in addition to fixing the leak. For example, NASA has applied for a waiver US Space Force to renew the certification of Artemis 1’s Flight Termination System (FTS), which is designed to destroy the SLS if something goes wrong during launch. (The Space Force controls the Eastern Missile Range.)
The Federal Tax Service was certified within 25 days and exceeded this period. If the waiver is not granted, NASA will be forced to roll the Artemis 1 package from its launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida back to the factory’s massive assembly building for recertification.
Then there’s the weather, which is always a concern on Florida’s hot and stormy Space Coast.
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