Ground teams at the Kennedy Space Center have begun fueling NASA’s giant, next-generation rocketship for its debut launch on an uncrewed test flight to the moon
Ground teams at the Kennedy Space Center have begun fueling NASA’s giant, next-generation rocketship for its debut launch on an uncrewed test flight to the moon.
The process began after five days after an initial liftoff attempt was thwarted by technical problems. The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion capsule were due for blastoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:47 p.m at Indian standard time.
The U.S. space agency has started its ambitious moon-to-Mars Artemis program 50 years after the last Apollo lunar mission. The previous launch bid on Monday was halted by engineering snags. NASA says technicians have since remedied the issues.
According to the U.S. Space Force at Cape Canaveral, the forecast saw a 70 per cent chance of favourable conditions during Saturday’s two-hour window.
Before dawn, launch teams started the lengthy, delicate process of filling the rocket’s core-stage fuel tanks with several hundred thousand gallons of super-cooled liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellant.