NASA is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole and has decided to re-target a launch for the Artemis I mission for Wednesday, Nov. 16
Four astronauts are expected to board their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and return home from the International Space Station on Friday, bringing an end to their nearly six-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory.
NASA and SpaceX are now targeting no earlier than 11:35am Friday, Oct. 14, for the agency’s Crew-4 undocking from the Space Station to begin their return trip to Earth completing a nearly six-month science mission in orbit.
NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, along with JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, entered their official quarantine period beginning Monday, Sept. 19, in preparation for their flight to the International Space Station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission.
NASA has adjusted the targeted dates for a cryogenic demonstration test and the next launch opportunities for Artemis I, the first integrated flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft beyond the Moon.
The countdown to launch has resumed, and the Artemis I mission management team met this afternoon to review the status of the operations and have given a “go” for a Sept. 3 launch attempt of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft.
NASA has awarded five additional missions to SpaceX for crew transportation services to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract.
NASA scrubbed the first attempt to launch its Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft Aug. 29 after a problem with a hydrogen bleed line with one of the rocket’s four core stage engines.