The most beautiful images of the launch of Artemis I to the Moon

The maiden flight was originally scheduled for 7:04 a.m. Paris time (1:04 a.m. local time), but several setbacks led to the historic launch being postponed by more than 40 minutes.

The filling of the tanks had started several hours before. It was uneventful until the end of filling the hydrogen one liquidliquid. This is where the NasaNasa noted a leak in the power cable at the foot of the launcherlauncher, on the table, requiring intervention. The flight director then decided to send a team there to tighten the nuts. The dangerous intervention lasted about fifteen minutes.

Another problem occurred: the Ethernet connection of a tracking radar was lost. A team was dispatched to the site to replace the connectors and then the countdown was able to resume.

“Lift off! » The take-off of the SLS to the Moon. © ESA, NASA

Launch of the most powerful rocket in the world

With the exception of “a few little quirks” (debris, minor problems with star trackers or with solar panels, loss of data), the flight went as planned. The ship OrionOrion was injected into a orbitorbit trans-lunar one hour and fifty-one minutes after takeoff.

The SLS is therefore qualified for the next flight. Now it’s the turn of the Orion ship (and the European service module) to be tested. During the 26-day mission, many maneuvers are planned (insertion in lunar orbit, around the Moon, return to Earth, and of course atmospheric re-entry). The flight data will be used to prepare Artemis II, the first mission with astronauts on board this time.

There are several science experiments aboard Orion, including many sensorssensors to test the resistanceresistance from the ship to the radiative medium beyond Earth’s orbit. About ten of cubesats will also be deployed in the following days.

Gorgeous pictures

Article of Daniel ChristianDaniel Christian published on November 15, 2022

Only a few hours left before the first flight of NASA’s mega-rocket for the Artemis missions to the Moon. A great moment, kicking off the return of the Americans to the Moon, and more generally, of thespeciesspecies human. How is this going to unfold? Live with us live these unforgettable moments.

It’s the return of the SLS to the launch pad after a long postponement of several weeks. If there are still some technical problems to solve, NASA still maintains November 16 as the launch date. For now, the weather reportweather report is 90% in favor. The windowwindow shooting will last two hours.

As a reminder, the Artemis I mission has noastronautastronaut on board. It is the prelude to the return of humanity to the Moon scheduled around 2026. Artemis I will test the mega rocket and the Orion ship. Mannequins equipped with sensors will be on board and a dozen nanosatellites are also part of the flight as secondary passengers. The next mission will take the program’s first astronauts around the Moon, while Artemis III will carry out the first landing on the moon since ApolloApollo 17 50 years ago.

NASA returns to the Moon: first step on November 16 with the maiden flight of the SLS mega-rocket. Watch with us live, from 06:30 am, the highly anticipated launch of Artemis I. © Futura

Signatures of Hurricane Nicole

The SLS returned to the LC-39B launch pad on November 4, using the Crawler, a fantastic crawler-mounted carrier. Since then, the SLS has been waiting for its flight. The NASA teams had decided to maintain it despite the passage of Hurricane Nicole. Much less powerful than those of Ian, the windswinds blew up to 132 km/h (recorded at 18 m high). That’s just under the 137 km/h limit set by NASA.

The winds still left some sequelssequels to the launcher. Several meters of puttyputty were ripped from the Orion ship. This putty is mainly used to fill holes, protect components from atmospheric friction and prevent overheating. NASA continued to discuss this Monday to better understand the effects of this problem. If ever a repair is essential, it can only be done at the VAB, which would delay the flight once again by a few weeks.

Persistence of the hydrogen problem

Finally, NASA still has not finished with this hydrogen supply problem. The data is not sufficiently satisfactory, while the source of the problem has not yet been precisely determined. In parallel with launch preparations, the teams are replacing a component of an electrical connector installed on the first stage hydrogen supply cable, located at the foot of the SLS, on the launch table.

Despite these few problems, NASA assures us that ” nothing prevents us from launching on November 16 “. Other points on the situation are still to come by then. The postponement dates – if there should be a postponement – are currently set for November 19 and 25. For November 16, we will have the pleasure of living this moment with you!

The return of human beings to the Moon has never been so close. Saturday, September 3, the huge SLS launcher will propel the Orion capsule for an unmanned trip around thestarstar selene, a prelude to a manned launch which should allow Earthlings to set foot on the lunar soil around 2026. Follow this first take-off with us and ask your questions to our guests during a live broadcast that promises to be an anthology.

Article of Pierre HenriquetPierre Henriquetpublished on September 3, 2022

Since December 1972, no human has set foot on the Moon. But progress in the fields of aeronautics and space has not stopped, and the scientific, technical and economic landscape has changed a lot today.

Miniaturization, new materials, artificial intelligenceartificial intelligence… Advances in propulsion, engines, communications and all key areas related to space exploration are such that it is once again becoming conceivable to return men and women more efficiently and safely on the surface of our natural satellite.

To achieve this, the main lines do not change: the most effective is to have an extremely powerful multi-stage launcher, a spacecraft in the form of a capsule placed on its top which returns to Earth by splashing down in the middle of the ocean and a trajectory similar to those calculated for the Apollo missions – the laws of celestial mechanics have not changed for 50 years… But apart from these broad outlines, a much more gigantic number of innovations and innovations have made it possible to produce a launcher, the SLS for Space Launch System, that rivals the power of the mythical Saturn V, and a spacecraft atop it (Orion) that promises more reliable, more efficient lunar travel for a larger crew.

A three-step program

But all of this is not done in one go. The American Artemis program, in which this human return to the Moon is part, provides for three stages. Three launches which will make it possible to verify each element, each module, each piece of data, before the sole of an astronaut (or an astronaut) makes its mark in the regolithregolith lunar.

This year, it is therefore a vessel occupied by three mannequins covered with sensors which will be propelled towards the Moon during a launch planned for the test flight of Artemis I: NASA is leaving for the Moon on September 3. The objective for this flight is to put the Orion spacecraft in orbit around our satellite, to check all the parameters, all the procedures and to bring the capsule back to Earth safe and sound.

If this first step is taken successfully, we are already considering a next manned flight, this time around 2024, where the crew will remain cautiously in lunar orbit, and around 2026, if all goes well, a third launch will take again humans set foot on the lunar soil.

The launch of this Artemis I test flight: NASA leaves for the Moon on September 3, 2022, scheduled from 8:17 p.m. (Paris time), therefore marks a new important stage in theastronauticsastronautics and the history of humans in space.

Don’t miss this historic event and come and experience it with us on the Futura networks, for a live broadcast from 7:40 p.m.

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