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Delayed Artemis 1 moon rocket launch, NASA protects from Hurricane Ian

NASA has decided to roll back the Artemis 1 Moon rocket inside to protect it from Hurricane Ian. Launch is delayed once again. NASA has rolled back the $4 billion Artemis 1 moon rocket after weather warnings. The ultimatum of Hurricane Ian has delayed the launch of Artemis 1 to next week.

The managers of the rocket have started to roll back the SLS rocket inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center and are waiting for the storm to pass by. The collective decision has been taken by the managers of the rocket itself, considering the weather warning related to the hurricane.

NASA claims that this would give the time to recharge batteries, check the flight termination arrangement as well as other activities that won’t be possible after the launch. Although the SLS rocket can handle storms of upto 85 mph, the morning forecasts are claiming the tornadoes of Hurricane Ian would be much stronger than any other hurricane in the history.

Since the Artemis 1 moon rocket is going to orbit around Earth’s moon, there are certain launch windows the scientists have to stick to. The dates determined according to these launch windows are 17th to 31st October, 12th to 27th November, and 9th to 23rd December. These are the days when the moon and earth will be in a certain position planned according to this moon mission. Artemis 1 rocket will be uncrewed this time. But if this mission is successful, Artemis II will be crewed and take the astronomers for the orbit in 2024 and Artemis III will bring back the crew in 2025.

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