NASA’s Artemis Mission Postponed

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) originally wanted to launch the 1st Artemis Mission with the goal of landing the first woman and person of color on the moon. However, the mission got postponed, pushing each stage back from  a few months to a year. The earliest that the third mission, Artemis 3, can take place is 2025.

On Saturday, April 2nd, they were prepping to finish tanking, gassing up, at 7:00 eastern time (ET) on Monday, April 4th, 2022. The wet dress rehearsal where the NASA crew goes through all the steps without having the rocket leave the ground is planned for Friday, April 8, 2022, at 5:00 pm ET.  

The issues that caused the delay happened during the prelaunch test, a crucial part for the mission. According to CNN, the issues prevented the propellants from being safely loaded onto the rocket. Other postponement causes also occurred such as the loss of ability to pressurize the mobile launcher, issues with the fans, and a thunderstorm on Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center. However, this was not the first time that the Artemis mission got delayed. 

  The Artemis 1 mission has gotten postponed a good number of times from events such as Hurricane Ida in 2021 and the pandemic. The very earliest the mission was set to launch was November 2021, but then got pushed back to February. Then it continued to get pushed back to February 2022 then March than April.  

However, these are minor setbacks for history to take place. Even with these setbacks, the Artemis mission will still launch. 

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