NASA has moved the date for the next Artemis I rocket launch attempt to this coming Saturday, September 3rd, after announcing that the initial plan for Friday was going to be met with bad weather.
The two-hour launch window opens at 2:17 PM, and this will be NASA’s second attempt this week at launching its massive next-generation rockets. The first attempted launch on Monday was scrubbed after one of the four RS-25 engines failed to reach the appropriate temperature to allow for liftoff.
The 98-meter spacecraft named Orion will attempt to send an empty crew capsule into a far-flung lunar orbit for a six-week test flight that will cost the agency more than $4 billion.
For this test flight, a full-size dummy in an orange flight suit will occupy the commander’s seat, rigged with vibration and acceleration sensors. Two other mannequins made of material simulating human tissue — heads and female torsos, but no limbs — will measure cosmic radiation, one of the biggest risks of spaceflight.
One torso is even testing a protective vest from Israel.