NASA canceled a critical test that would have been monumental in putting humans on the moon with only 29 seconds left on the clock for its rocket launch. What caused this to occur? Let us investigate.
According to NASA, the abrupt end was caused by a hydrogen leak within the rocket.
This was the fourth failed attempt in the’mega moon rocket’ mission, officially known as the “Space Launch System (SLS).
“Despite the failure, NASA has declared the mission a success because engineers completed more of their launch objectives ahead of time for the first time, successfully fueling the deep-space rocket for the first time. This is one of the final tests the rocket must pass before it can take its first flight to the moon.
The previous three rehearsals concluded before the rocket was fully charged. The failed attempts also revealed faulty valves, fans, and leaks. As a result, the crew was forced to remove the SLS from the launch pad for repairs.
“I would say that the majority of our objectives were met,” said Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis Mission launch director.
Thompson said at a news conference that “there were maybe small pieces within that one primary objective that we came up a little short on.”
NASA did not specify the unmet objectives in detail. Thompson, the launch director, stated that the team would determine whether any repairs could be made at the launchpad and whether the 322-foot rocket would need to be rolled back to its storage facility.
According to Live Science, SLS is NASA’s most powerful rocket ever, with the goal of sending the first woman and person of color to the lunar surface and establishing a permanent base there.