For the first time since 1972, NASA plans to launch a rocket to the moon, reports Karim Melek of Palatine High School in Illinois, in the school’s student newspaper.
The launch was scrubbed on Tuesday, due to problems with the flow of coolant to one of the rocket’s engines. NASA reported on Wednesday that the countdown would resume Saturday at the opening of a planned 2.5-hour built-in hold, which will begin at 4:37 AM.
If there are no delays, weather issues, or complications, Artemis I, an uncrewed mission around the moon that will pave the way for humans to land and even live for a while on the surface of the moon, is set to launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:17 PM Eastern Time Saturday.
The mission has an expected duration of 38 days, so if Artemis I launches Saturday, the spacecraft will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on about October 11. Lunar orbit will begin on Day 6 of the mission, according to NASA.