NASA intends to postpone several of its missions to the moon due to technical difficulties with spacecraft

NASA intends to postpone several of its missions to the moon due to technical difficulties with spacecraft

The US space agency plans to postpone several missions to the moon under the Artemis program due to technical difficulties with the spacecraft, Reuters reported, citing four sources familiar with NASA’s plans.

Artemis 2 crew: Reed Wiseman, Victor Glover, Jeremy Hansen and Christina Koch

According to Reuters interlocutors, the space agency will announce the changes on January 9. NASA will spend several months tracking progress with contractors and reviewing changes to the Artemis program.

As part of this project, the space agency intends to send humans to Earth’s natural satellite for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission, which took place in 1972.

Sources indicate that the Artemis-2 mission will be postponed from November 2024 to a later date. The reason for this was problems with the batteries of the Orion capsule, which were discovered during vibration tests, according to Reuters interlocutors. Batteries are subject to replacement.

“Artemis-2” envisages a manned flight around the Moon. The launch of “Artemis-1” took place on November 16, 2022 – “Orion” without a crew successfully entered the orbit of the moon and returned to Earth.

The launch of Artemis-3, scheduled for the end of 2025, will also be postponed, according to the sources of the news agency. NASA’s contractor, SpaceX, needs more time to complete work on the Starship on which the mission is based. As part of Artemis-3, NASA will deliver astronauts to the surface of the Moon.

Senior officials at the space agency have spoken out in recent months about plans to postpone the landing of astronauts on Artemis 4 to give SpaceX and other contractors more time.

NASA’s lunar program relies heavily on private companies: Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX and Blue Origin.

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