NASA didn’t have much luck with Artemis I. The dress rehearsals didn’t go smoothly, and now it turns out that the third date it chose to launch wasn’t the best choice either. That’s the downside to launching from Florida: it’s pretty bad when it comes to weather.
Launched from Florida
The Space Launch System is built at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral (a peninsula next to Orlando). Florida is one of the states most affected by severe weather. However NASA deliberately chooses Florida, which has to do with two things. First of all, it is better to launch to the east, because you have to deal with the rotation of the Earth: you can use it to go faster, so you need a less powerful rocket.
Additionally, many states in the United States are subject to extreme weather. There are frequent typhoons in the center of the country and typhoons in the south. In addition, it should be to the east, so that you do not fly over all the people who will be hit by the object. Another advantage is that NASA doesn’t have that scale when searching. This made it possible to develop a better logistics system.
It’s no coincidence why NASA chose Florida. But on September 27, the storm comes. If it goes exactly to the time allotted by NASA, it means that Artemis I will not be launched. The new date has already been set: it is October 2. So far, the September 27 launch is still moving forward, but if the storm now swirling around the Dominican Republic turns into a hurricane that could hard hit Florida, NASA will have to actually call off the festivities.
The idea is that Artemis I could do some preparatory work for the moon landing, with the first black astronaut and the first female astronaut to set foot on the moon in 2025. Artemis I will not land on the moon, but will spend some time around the craters before returning to Earth. The idea is that the Orion (spacecraft) can be reused later. Everything has to be arranged down to the last detail, and NASA is hard at work right now. In principle it’s ‘all systems go’, but that doesn’t apply to a stormy situation. Then everything will not go away and you will have to sit again on Sunday.
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