THE weather in Florida isn’t looking good next week, which could devastate Nasa’s big $93 billion moon mission.
Final preparations for Monday’s blast are in full swing, but forecasts suggest storms could be brewing.
The first flight of NASA’s next-generation Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft are ready and waiting at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
If things don’t improve, the space agency could be forced to postpone the process.
Engineering projects like this require careful planning, and there’s only a short two-hour window starting at 8:33 AM ET on August 29th to get everything right.
Should the launch be aborted, the next opportunity is not too far away.
Experts have already entered September 2nd in their diaries, just in case.
And if the second attempt also fails, they have time on September 5th to try again.
Nasa won’t know for sure until they get a detailed assessment from the 45th Weather Squadron, which is due very soon.
A lot of severe weather conditions are actually required to get the mission off the ground.
The space agency has 17 specific “do not launch” criteria.
For example, the rocket cannot be rolled out to the launch pad if a lightning forecast is greater than 10 percent within 20 nautical miles of the launch area during the rollout.
Artemis is a big deal for Nasa as it fights to land the first woman and first person of color on the moon by 2025.
This maiden flight is an unmanned test that must circle the moon to verify three key components are working before humans can hop aboard.
Once the rocket has orbited the dark side of the moon, it should land in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego.
NASA completed a “wet dress rehearsal” of the SLS back in March.
Things have already been delayed.
The space agency originally hoped for a May launch date, but decided to postpone it to allow for more testing.
Learn more about science
Want to learn more about the weird and wonderful world of science? From the moon to the human body, we’ve got you covered…
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science Team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9307650/nasa-cancel-monday-artemis-moon-mission-storm-weather/ Nasa could abort the launch of the historic Artemis Moon mission on Monday if a surprise storm hits