New moon landing: NASA postpones mission
NASA has postponed its Artemis program, which would have landed astronauts on the moon for the first time in half a century. They decided that “the teams need more time to prepare.”
The Artemis II mission was planned to launch in November this year, but was eventually postponed to September 2025. At the same time, Artemis III is scheduled for September 2026, and the Artemis IV mission, which involves the delivery of a habitable module to the Lunar Gateway lunar orbital station, is scheduled for September 2028, according to NASA.
“The safety of our astronauts is a top priority for NASA as we prepare for future Artemis missions. We have learned a lot since the Artemis I mission, and the success of future missions depends on our commercial and international partnerships to expand our understanding of humanity’s place in our solar system,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
According to Amit Kshatriya, head of NASA’s Lunar and Mars Strategy Division, among the reasons for the delays are problems and research related to the Orion vehicle’s heat shield. It is a sheath that protects astronauts from heat during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as the spacecraft’s batteries and electrical system.
“We’re solving problems and we’re closer than ever to exploring Earth’s nearest neighbor under the auspices of Artemis”, said Kathryn Koerner, assistant administrator for the Research Systems Development Mission Office at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
Let’s add that on Monday, NASA was preparing to launch the Artemis I rocket as part of the first mission to the moon in 50 years, but due to problems with the engine, the launch had to be postponed.
“The launch of Artemis I will not take place today as the teams resolve the engine issue. The teams will continue to collect data and we will inform you about the time of the next launch attempt,” the management said on Twitter.
At the same time, as reported on January 8, the USA launched a missile for the first time in 50 years send a lander to the moon. This mission is planned to be carried out by the private company United Launch Alliance. After the successful launch of the Vulcan Centaur rocket, the Peregrine 1 lander with NASA scientific equipment is headed for the moon.
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