NASA has set a launch target for the Artemis-1 mission after successful wet tests on the SLS rocket, which will carry the project into space. In an interview with Ars Technica, Jim Free, associate director of the agency’s Exploration Systems Development Program, said that NASA was working on the Artemis-1 window launch from August 23 to September 6.
“That’s our goal. We would be foolish not to do it now. We’ve made amazing progress in the last week,” Frey said.
For what follows, NASA has announced that the Artemis-1 mission will take place between July 26 and August 10, but testing issues prompted the agency to change the date.
Before the flight begins, technicians must complete final preparations on the SLS rocket, including replacing the seal that leaked hydrogen during the June 20 test. On July 1, NASA began moving the massive rocket to the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center, where the team will work on the launch vehicle.
Once the SLS is finally ready, it will carry an unmanned spacecraft called the Orion Capsule on a flight around the Moon to study how the flight affects the human body. The Artemis-II mission will take four astronauts to the satellite before a scheduled moon landing in the second half of the decade.
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