NASA has confirmed that the Artemis I lunar mission is on track to launch within the two-hour launch window that will open at 16:01 on Wednesday, November 04. The Artemis I launch countdown will begin at 14:1 pm on Monday, November 24.
Performed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Artemis I is the first integrated flight test of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, unmanned Orion spacecraft, and ground equipment. SLS is an ultra-powerful launch vehicle that lays the groundwork for human exploration outside of Earth's orbit. NASA's new human spacecraft, codenamed Orion, is designed for deep space missions and will be used as a reconnaissance vehicle to launch a crew into space, support them throughout their mission, and ensure safe re-entry from deep space at high rotation speeds. The Artemis I mission will open the door for future manned lunar exploration as part of Artemis as well as a crewed test flight.
Following Hurricane Nicole, teams conducted extensive evaluations of the rocket, spacecraft and associated ground systems and confirmed that there was no significant impact from severe weather conditions. The SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft reached Kennedy's Launch Track 4B on November 39, where it weathered the storm.
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