NASA's next-generation moon rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is seen in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) before it is scheduled to make a slow-motion journey to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Reuters
The liftoff of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft is planned during a 69-minute launch window.
Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test to launch SLS and send Orion around the Moon and back to Earth to thoroughly test its system before flights with astronauts.
Photo shows the Service Module component of the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 2 mission in Florida. AFP
"Teams will perform standard maintenance to repair minor damage to the foam and cork on the thermal protection system and recharge or replace batteries on the rocket, several secondary payloads, and the flight termination system," NASA said in a statement late on Wednesday.
The space agency plans to roll the rocket back to the launch pad as early as November 4.
NASA had pushed back the Artemis I Moon mission launch to November in the wake of hurricane Ian.
It said that over the coming days, managers will assess the scope of work to perform while in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB).
Artemis I will provide a foundation for human exploration in deep space and demonstrate NASA's commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.
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The spacecraft's four solar panels, about 13 feet (four metres) long, deployed correctly and are providing more energy than expected, said Jim Geffre, the Orion manager at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
"Nasa is forgoing a launch opportunity... and preparing for rollback (from the launchpad), while continuing to watch the weather forecast associated with Tropical Storm Ian," it said on Saturday.
As teams complete post-storm recovery operations, NASA has determined it will focus Artemis I launch planning efforts on the launch period that opens on November 12 and closes on November 27.
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