In the latest development to Nasa’s Artemis 1 moon mission, the T-minus 10 hold has been extended and crew is evaluating a new launch time for tonight’s launch attempt.
The US space agency’s associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development, Jim Free confirmed, “Space Launch System’s upper stage is now in replenish for both liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. Working the testing to reverify the ethernet switch with the range. T-10 minute hold will be extended.”
The launch came across new obstacle because of a faulty ethernet switch in the radar sites. Nasa informed, “The Eastern Range and launch teams have since resolved an issue that caused a loss of signal from a radar site and are currently conducting required tests to ensure communication and tracking of the rocket and spacecraft.”
The US space agency eyes to send the first woman and first person of colour to the Moon by 2025. There are three missions are currently planned. Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test with no one on the board of the Orion spacecraft. The last crewed mission to the Moon was the 12-day Apollo 17 mission, between 7 and 19 December in 1972.
“We’re going back to the Moon for scientific discovery, economic benefits, and inspiration… We will collaborate with commercial and international partners and establish the first long-term presence on the Moon,” Nasa illustrated the goal of the mission.