Since yesterday, preparations have been underway at the Kennedy Space Center in the US state of Florida. With necessary repairs completed and the Artemis 1 rocket now in place, NASA is ready to conduct a critical refueling test for its next-generation Space Launch System.
Noisy Space.com The dress rehearsal for the Artemis 1 began on Saturday evening with a call to the ground staff at the Kennedy Space Center. The test lasts a total of 48 hours. Equipment and instrumentation checks are currently underway, and tomorrow, June 20, technicians will attempt to load the rocket’s first and second stages with cryogenic fuel.
If the test is successful, the Artemis 1 mission could start as early as July 26, according to current information.
This is the second visit to historic Launch Pad 39B for the Space Launch System. After an initial attempt at dress rehearsal on April 1, NASA attempted a modified version of the refueling test on April 14. The second test was also aborted after a hydrogen leak was discovered in the rocket’s mobile launch tower. NASA eventually decided to move the Space Launch System to the Kennedy Space Center assembly building for repairs, and it now took several months to attempt another attempt.
Once the wet dress rehearsal is successfully completed, NASA can finally move on to the main part of the new Artemis 1 mission, the unmanned Orion capsule that will orbit the moon. Only in the next two Artemis missions will human astronauts fly again and land on the moon. Presumably, these missions will be carried out in 2025 or 2026.