Written by Kristen Schmutz
Belden Communications News
The test flight of NASA's Artemis I, scheduled to liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Monday, August 29, 2022, was scrubbed minutes after the launch window opened due to technical issues.
The Artemis program is the first step in the next era of human space exploration and aims to land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon. Together with commercial and international partners, NASA will establish a sustainable presence on the Moon to prepare for missions to Mars.
According to NASA, the launch director halted the Artemis I launch attempt at approximately 8:34 a.m., and the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft remain in a safe and stable configuration. Launch controllers are evaluating why a bleed test to get the RS-25 engines on the bottom of the core stage to the proper temperature range for liftoff was unsuccessful and ran out of time in the two-hour launch window.
The next launch window for NASA’s test flight of the new Moon rocket will open on Saturday, September 3, 2022, between 2:17 p.m. and 4:17 p.m.