NASA Postpones Moon Missions Due to Safety and Technical Issues

The American space agency NASA has postponed two moon missions that are facing technical and safety difficulties. NASA’s Artemis program aims to send humans back to the moon for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. The initiative was divided into three sections by the agency.NASA’s Orion spacecraft made a crewless orbit of the moon in 2022 thanks to Artemis I. Orion was sent into space by the agency’s massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The spacecraft executed a close fly-by of the moon after traveling more than 400,000 kilometers from Earth. Artemis I was deemed a huge success by NASA officials.

 

The goal of the third mission, Artemis III, is to try and set foot on the moon. According to NASA, “the first woman and the first person of color” are anticipated to be on the crew. Originally scheduled for 2025, Artemis III will now take place in September 2026. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated that the agency needed the extra time to address a number of persistent issues hurting the Artemis program, which is why the postponements were required. Nelson declared, “Our top priority is safety.” “Artemis teams will have more time to work through the challenges,” he continued.

 

Not long after the successful launch of a private American company’s spacecraft intended for a lunar landing, NASA announced the delays. Astrobotic executives hailed Peregrine’s launch as a positive step toward being the first private spacecraft to set foot on the moon. But a fuel leak was found soon after the launch. Although the spacecraft continues to have power and propulsion issues, Astrobotic has stated that it will carry out its mission even if fuel leaks. The corporation wants to gather data from the lander’s instruments and keep it operating for as long as possible. However, according to Astrobotic authorities, Peregrine is no longer anticipated to touch down on the moon. NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program includes Peregrine. In an attempt to run more efficiently, it intends to transfer the nation’s principal missions to private enterprises.

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