After completing a successful test of the Space Launch System on Wednesday, NASA hoped to progress with Artemis-about 1 September 27. Unfortunately, that date is no longer in circulation due to Tropical Storm Ian.
Artemis 1 takes off in early October
The storm formed Friday night over the central Caribbean. Forecasters expect Ian to become a hurricane by Sunday before hitting Cuba and then making its way to Florida’s Gulf Coast. As of Saturday, it was unclear where Ian would end up when he made landfall. There is also uncertainty about how strong a storm the state should expect.
In anticipation of Ian becoming a hurricane, NASA decided to prepare the SLS for return to the Kennedy Space Center’s safe vehicle assembly building. The agency will make its final decision on Sunday. If the forecast worsens, returns will begin Sunday night or early Monday morning. If Artemis 1 cannot fly before October 3rd, the next earliest launch will be October 17th.
Source: PC Press by pcpress.rs.
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