NASA postpones launch of Space Launch System rocket and launch of Artemis 1 lunar mission due to storm approaching Florida

As expected, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is canceling the launch of the Space Launch System rocket scheduled for September 27th.

What is known

The launch of the Artemis 1 lunar mission was not destinedhappen in August and, as we see, in September too. NASA has decided to cancel the launch of the rocket due to the impending storm "Yan" (Ian). It formed in the Caribbean and is now heading towards Florida.

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Despite the fact that on September 27 Space LaunchSystem will not go into space, the rocket may remain on the launch pad along with the Orion ship, because they withstand wind speeds up to 137 km/h. The decision to move the Space Launch System and Orion to the Vehicle Assembly Building hangar will be made on September 25 before the end of the day.

Sending a rocket and a spaceship tothe assembly shop will take three days for specialists, since the maximum allowable wind speed in motion is 74 km / h. However, if NASA decides to keep the Space Launch System and Orion at the site, then the Artemis 1 mission could launch on October 2nd. Otherwise, the timing will be significantly shifted and it is far from certain that the mission will take place in 2022.