NASA Delays Artemis 1 Moon Mission for Third Time Due to Tropical Storm Ian
The Artemis 1 moon mission has been delayed, not once, not twice, but now three times.
The launch was scheduled for Tuesday, but NASA announced on Saturday that it had decided to postpone the mission in response to Tropical Storm Ian, which threatens to hit Florida next week as a hurricane. The Kennedy Space Center is located on Florida’s east coast.
The space agency said the decision was made to protect its employees and the needs of their families while also maintaining a possible future opportunity if weather predictions improve.
The launch was originally scheduled for Aug. 29 and then again on Sept. 3 but continued to be postponed because of rocket malfunctions.
During the first effort, one of the spaceship’s four engines didn’t seem to cool down to the proper temperature of about minus-420 degrees Fahrenheit.