NASA clears Artemis 1 moon rocket for November 16 launch despite storm damage


“NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission will once again attempt to launch after all. Mission managers met on Monday (Nov. 14) to discuss the flight readiness of the Artemis 1’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft following slight damage caused by Hurricane Nicole, which was swiftly downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall, on Thursday (Nov. 10). Despite the fact that a band of insulating caulking on Orion was damaged by high winds during the storm’s landfall, Mike Sarafin, Artemis mission manager at NASA headquarters in Washington, said ‘there’s no change in our plan to attempt to launch on the 16th’ during a media teleconference today (Nov. 14). … Artemis 1 will see an uncrewed Orion spacecraft launch atop the SLS vehicle into lunar orbit. The mission is intended to lay the groundwork for future Artemis missions that will see humankind return to the moon with the eventual goal of establishing a sustainable human presence there.” (11/14/22)