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NASA cancels wet test of next-gen moon landing due to hazardous gases

NASA cancels wet test of next-gen moon landing due to hazardous gases
NASA cancels wet test of next-gen moon landing due to hazardous gases

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA, the US government’s space and aeronautics agency, has reportedly canceled a crucial ‘wet test’ of the Artemis 1 Space Launch System (SLS) over safety issues with its $1 billion launch platform.

The wet test for the next-generation moon rocket was largely a practice run, involving everything required for a successful launch, even fueling, but without physically taking off.

However, a problem with the launch platform caused a critical system to fail, requiring the countdown to be halted. This system employs fans to keep the tower pressurized while also keeping out harmful gases.

As a result of the launch platform issue, NASA announced late Sunday that its teams have chosen to delay tanking operations, and that the next possibility to execute the test will be Monday.

It is the newest setback NASA has in its lunar mission plans, which originally called for the space agency to conduct a moon landing by 2024.

The wet test started on April 1, but observers were concerned after a burst of bad Florida weather, which included lightning strikes, damaged the launchpad's towers.

The lightning was not really a big deal, NASA stated, and the spacecraft's safety mechanisms worked exceedingly well in keeping both the Orion and the SLS safe.

The Artemis 1 mission will transport an uncrewed Orion spacecraft around moon this summer in preparation for a future manned journey to the lunar surface.

Despite several warnings, this was the first time a setback impacting the Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman as well as the next man on the moon by 2024, was formally verified.

For the uninitiated, in 2019, well before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration announced an ambitious plan to land on the moon by 2024. The news, however, was received with skepticism.

While the plans have been set in motion, a slew of issues have led to significant delays, including many lawsuits filed by Jeff Bezos, who was upset that his privately owned spaceflight firm, Blue Origin, was passed over after a $2.9 billion (£2.2 billion) contract was handed to Elon Musk's SpaceX by NASA.

Source credit: https://news.sky.com/story/hazardous-gases-cancel-wet-test-of-nasas-next-generation-moon-rocket-12582081

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