Special Look: NASA’s Artemis I

December 18, 2022

The Artemis Mission will officially take flight from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center; the operation also entails the Orion Mission and the Space Launch System (SLS rocket). Artemis I is posed to be the first out of multiple missions to kickstart enduring human interaction on the moon, aiming to last several decades. The main goal of Artemis I is to test if Orion’s systems can withstand a spaceflight environment and allow safe re-entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery before the first official populated flight commences (when Artemis II will embark with actual crew members). However, the operation has had multiple drawbacks where its third launch attempt that was supposed to take place on Tuesday, September 27th, was unfortunately canceled. NASA’s Artemis Team concluded on Saturday that Tropical Storm Ian posed a threat to the mission and thus prompted the delay. As meteorologist Haley Brink stated, “On Tuesday, Tropical Storm Ian is forecast to be moving north through the eastern Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane, just off the southwest coast of Florida. A cold front will also be draped across northern Florida pushing south.” Nonetheless, SNHS will still be celebrating Artemis I in our next meeting on Tuesday, September 27th, discussing and holding trivia about the mission and space exploration. Stay tuned for a sweet surprise at our next meeting!

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