NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket tested with success before to be allowed to launch

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NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket passed crucial fueling test. That means the team managed to fully fuel the Space Launch System rocket, test known as a wet dress rehearsal, that simulate a rocket launch without the rocket actually lifting off. Nearly 1 million gallons of super-cold liquid hydrogen and oxygen were loaded into the 322-foot (98-meter) rocket known as the Space Launch System. It was also performed a simulated countdown. However not everything went perfectly. It was a hydrogen leak in an external fuel line during fueling operation. The leak, and the attempts to fix it, ended up pushing the end of the wet dress back about three hours.The wet dress was the final major milestone that Artemis 1 needed to complete before launch. NASA will now assess the data collected from the test.

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The agency has published a list of possible launch windows for Artemis 1 that extend through June 2023. If Artemis 1 uncrewed mission with an empty Orion capsule flying around the moon and back goes well, NASA plans to fly astronauts aboard Artemis 2 and Artemis 3, with the latter mission putting astronauts down on the moon in four years or so. “It’s a great day for our team,” Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis launch director with the Exploration Ground Systems Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, said during a webcast of the wet dress. Astronauts last walked on the moon in 1972 during NASA’s Apollo program.