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NASA greenlights Artemis 1 flight this Saturday; look how to look


NASA has confirmed that the launch of the Artemis 1 mission is scheduled for Saturday afternoon (3). According to forecasters, there is a possibility 60% favorable weather for takeoff.

The rocket is predicted to fire its engines at 15:17 (Brazil time), a time that could be delayed by up to two hours. According to the space agency, there is concern that scattered rain could disrupt the takeoff, but the forecast indicates that the weather should improve before the launch window ends.

In order for the takeoff to take place, NASA has as a criterion not to launch a rocket during rain or if the rocket’s trajectory will pass through thunderclouds. For safety reasons, the rocket will not be refueled or launched in the event of a lightning strike in the vicinity of the spaceport – as happened over the weekend.

Another problem is related to one of the engines of the SLS rocket, which failed last Monday (29). NASA claims the problem appears to have been caused by a temperature sensor that collects data from the engine. The engineers eliminated the need to replace the system and decided to continue the launch even with the faulty sensor.

On Saturday morning, NASA is due to hold a final meeting with the engineering team to decide whether to continue preparations for takeoff or whether it is better to postpone the procedure again.

How to watch Artemis 1 take off

The US space agency intends to widely publicize the launch on all of its social networks. In the case of NASA TV (at the link below), the transmission begins on Saturday morning at 6:45 AM with the procedure for loading the SLS rocket with propellant.

After lunch, at 1:15 p.m. — two hours before takeoff — NASA begins official coverage of the launch, providing live images, commentary, and interviews with experts. In addition to YouTube, you can follow the broadcast on NASA TV official website or through agency apps to android e iOS.

In addition to NASA, several other YouTube channels intend to broadcast live coverage of the takeoff of the Orion spacecraft, including in Brazil. This is the case, for example, with space orbitcontent writer Pedro Pallotta, Space todaySergio Sakani, and Space GoodMatheus de Matos.

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