NASA’s Artemis 1 plans to launch on Aug. 29 despite lightning strikes at KSC in Florida.
On Aug. 27, there were three lightning hits to Launch Pad 39B’s lightning protection towers, the space agency reported. NASA will continue preparing for the Aug. 29 launch of Artemis 1.
NASA’s engineers analysed data from lightning strikes to Launch Pad 39B overnight. Low-magnitude strikes had no influence on SLS, Orion, or ground systems, they said.
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When does NASA’s Artemis 1 launch?
NASA’s Artemis 1 is slated to launch Monday at 8:33 a.m. ET, weather permitting. The Weather Channel predicts early showers.
The next launch window is Friday, September 2 at midday.
When will Artemis 1 launch?
Chris Evans and Jack Black will appear on NASA TV during the launch. Coverage starts at 6:30 ET. Major cable news networks and broadcast networks may also cover the launch.
Where can I watch NASA’s Artemis 1 online?
Space fans can watch online. NASA coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. ET. These feeds are available:
NASA will begin fueling the rocket at 12 a.m. ET.
Artemis 1’s uniqueness
The 322-foot SLS is advertised as the most powerful rocket ever. The Orion orbiter’s two solid rocket boosters and core stage have 733,000 gallons of fuel. A booster will send it to the moon.
Orion is unmanned, but three dummies will test g-force and radiation for people.
When Orion reaches the moon, what happens?
Orion will enter lunar orbit after completing a full earth orbit. After one to two weeks, it will fly 60 miles over the Moon’s surface, transmitting magnificent photos. It will gather data while flying 40,000 miles beyond the moon.
Mission duration is 26 to 42 days.
When will NASA resume lunar missions?
If all goes well, Artemis 2 will launch in 2024. Artemis 3 will return humans to the moon’s surface in 2025 or 2026 with SpaceX’s Starship.
Moon isn’t final destination. NASA wants to study how to live, work, and survive in space. By the mid-2030s, crewed Mars missions will be possible.