NASA removes the Artemis 1 lunar rocket for a November 16 launch despite storm damage

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission will attempt a launch again.

Mission managers met Monday (November 14) to discuss the flight readiness of Artemis 1’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft after minor damage caused by Hurricane Nicole, which was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall. Thursday (November 10). Despite the fact that a set of buffer dams on Orion were damaged by high winds during the storm’s descent, “there is no change in our plan for the launch attempt on the 16th,” said Mike Sarafin, Artemis mission manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. After today (November 14).

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