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NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission: Stay updates

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Artemis 1 science prepares for departure

We have been highlighting a number of Artemis 1 science investigations in current tales because the mission prepares for a departure to the moon no sooner than Aug. 29.

Radiation experiments will characteristic on the mission as it is going to be taking the Orion spacecraft, rated for people, deeper in area than any automobile prefer it. Mannequins and organic experiments will fly aboard the spacecraft and on cubesats to evaluate the setting of the moon and deep area for astronaut security.

Additionally, a Japanese experiment known as OMOTENASHI will function a lunar lander. Whereas different investigations are in orbit, this cubesat would be the solely of the secondary payloads to conduct a managed touchdown on the moon. 

Different notable payloads on the mission embrace an asteroid-bound photo voltaic sail, the world’s first deep-space biology experiment, and two water-seeking cubesats.

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a workers author within the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing author for House.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years earlier than that, since 2012. Elizabeth’s on-site reporting consists of two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, three area shuttle missions in Florida, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. 

Again on the pad!

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket seen on the pad on Aug. 17, 2022, shortly after rollout accomplished. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Artemis 1 has reached the pad!

The stack, consisting of the House Launch System (SLS) megarocket topped by the Orion capsule, arrived at Launch Pad 39B on Wednesday (Aug. 17) round 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT), in response to a NASA assertion (opens in new tab).

The rocket is concentrating on launch on Aug. 29 for an uncrewed check flight across the moon.

Artemis 1 rocket rollout begins!

NASA’s Artemis 1 House Launch System megarocket has begun its hourslong trek again to Launch Pad 39B tonight for its deliberate Aug. 29 launch to the moon. 

“Rollout has begun,” officers with NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida wrote because the the SLS rocket started the gradual journey to the launch pad atop its huge crawler service automobile and cell launch platform. It ought to take as much as 12 hours for the 322-foot rocket to finish the journey. 

You may watch the rocket rollout stay on House.com, in addition to on NASA’s Kennedy House Middle Newsroom YouTube feed (opens in new tab).

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Artemis 1 rollout delayed by storms

The beginning of NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket rollout has been delayed by about an hour, to no sooner than 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT), as a result of stormy climate at its Kennedy House Middle, Florida, launch website, in response to Spaceflight Now (opens in new tab)

Artemis 1’s House Launch System rocket was scheduled to start at 9 p.m. EDT, however lightning and stormy climate seems to have delayed the rollout. Spaceflight Now stories NASA has a Section 2 lightning warning in impact presently. 

NASA’s Artemis 1 launch pad roll out webcast begins

NASA’s stay webcast of in the present day’s Artemis 1 House Launch System rollout to the pad has begun. You may watch the Artemis 1 moon rocket rollout stay on House.com, or straight from NASA’s Kennedy House Middle Newsroom YouTube web page

Whereas NASA’s webcast started at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT), the SLS rocket itself is anticipated to start rolling out at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT on Aug. 17). It may take as much as 12 hours for the SLS rocket to succeed in the launch pad.

NASA is offering two views of the rollout. A closeup of the Automobile Meeting Constructing, the place the SLS is presently positioned, and of Pad 39B (opens in new tab) the place it can settle in for a deliberate Aug. 29 launch.

Artemis 1 moon rocket rollout moved as much as Aug. 16

(Picture credit score: NASA/Ben Smegelsky)

NASA has moved up the launch pad rollout of its Artemis 1 moon rocket, the primary House Launch System, by two days. The rocket will now roll out its Launch Pad 39B website on Tueday, Aug. 16, (two days sooner than deliberate) to start closing preparations for its Aug. 29 launch to the moon. 

Officers with NASA’s Floor Methods workforce introduced the schedule change on Twitter.

“ARTEMIS I UPDATE: The rollout of @NASA_SLS & @NASA_Orion to Launch Pad 39B has now moved as much as tomorrow, the night of Aug. 16, forward of the focused Aug. 29 launch. Keep tuned for extra data in addition to ongoing protection,” NASA wrote within the replace (opens in new tab).

The rollout of Artemis 1’s SLS will probably be webcast stay on NASA TV. It’ll come amid a sequence of teleconferences this week to debate the Artemis 1 moon mission. Here is a schedule of occasions for the week, which you can watch totally free on this web page. 

  • Monday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m. EDT: Artemis 1 lunar science payloads teleconference.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 12 p.m. EDT: Artemis 1 expertise & photo voltaic system science teleconference.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 16, night: Artemis 1 moon rocket rollout.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 12 p.m. EDT: Artemis 1 radiation science teleconference.

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Artemis 1 cleared for launch; House.com on website

The Artemis 1 moon megarocket is cleared for launch for its debut mission, no sooner than Aug. 29. The European House Company launched a video (seen above) celebrating the milestone for the mission, which is led by NASA.

House.com is on website at NASA’s Johnson House Middle in Houston speaking to officers concerning the progress of Artemis 1, which goals to circle the moon and are available again to Earth uncrewed on a mission lasting greater than a month. We’ll preserve you tuned into our protection because the briefings progress.

On Aug. 3, NASA officers mentioned the rocket is on monitor for launch preparations following a “moist costume rehearsal” fueling check in June that exposed just a few points. The company additionally framed this mission as important to get the House Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft prepared for future human missions because the system collects science on the moon and on human results on spaceflight.

Learn extra: Artemis 1 moon mission readies for essential check for future crewed flights

Artemis 1 NASA preview in the present day (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. EDT

NASA’s will maintain a press convention Wednesday (Aug. 3) at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) to offer a normal overview of the Artemis 1 lunar mission, which you’ll watch totally free within the YouTube stream above. 

The briefing is anticipated to final an hour and can characteristic the next audio system:

  • NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson;
  • Bhavya Lal, affiliate administrator for expertise, coverage, and technique at NASA’s headquarters;
  • Mike Sarafin, Artemis 1 mission supervisor with NASA HQ;
  • Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis 1 launch director at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle (KSC) in Florida (the mission’s launch website); 
  • John Honeycutt, House Launch System program supervisor with NASA’s Marshall House Flight Middle in Huntsville, Ala.; 
  • Howard Hu, Orion program supervisor, with NASA’s Johnson House Middle (JSC) in Houston.

After Wednesday’s briefing, NASA will host an in-person media day regarding Artemis 1 at its Johnson House Middle, the place astronaut coaching takes place.

Artemis 1 will ship an Orion spacecraft to the moon atop a House Launch System megabooster, in an uncrewed mission meant to arrange for future human excursions. The mission can even launch 10 cubesats concentrating on a number of off-Earth science missions.

The precise period of Artemis 1 will depend upon orbital dynamics on the time of launch; an Aug. 29 launch (the nominal date up to now) would see a 42-day flight, for instance, however a Sept. 2 liftoff would kick off a 39-day mission.

Learn extra: NASA will preview its Artemis 1 moon mission this week. Here is the way to watch totally free.

Artemis 1 targets Aug. 29 launch date

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket — carried atop the crawler-transporter 2 automobile — because it approaches Launch Pad 39B on the company’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida.  (Picture credit score: NASA/Ben Smegelsky)

NASA’s moon megarocket is scheduled to fly its first mission as quickly as late August, pending testing and critiques of all of the parts of Artemis 1.

The company introduced in the present day (July 20) that it has three “placeholder” launch dates for the uncrewed check flight across the moon: Aug. 29, Sept. 2 and Sept. 5. 

“It isn’t an company dedication,” Jim Free, NASA’s affiliate administrator of exploration techniques, mentioned of the interim launch dates throughout a teleconference with reporters. The company, he mentioned, will make a dedication nearer to the launch date pending work on a number of excellent gadgets from Artemis 1’s moist costume rehearsal that concluded June 20.

Study extra at House.com right here. 

Artemis 1 reaches finish of terminal depend

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission has reached the tip of terminal depend, successfully wrapping up its two-day-long moist costume rehearsal. The milestone got here in the present day (June 20) at 7:37 p.m. EDT (2337 GMT), after which the mission workforce started safing Artemis 1’s big House Launch System rocket.

Terminal depend ended at T-29 seconds earlier than (simulated) engine ignition moderately than T-9 seconds, as initially deliberate. That change resulted as a result of the mission workforce “masked” three points that cropped up in the present day in the course of the check, together with a leak of liquid-hydrogen gasoline, company officers mentioned. Masking allowed the countdown to proceed regardless of the problems, which might have raised pink flags on the day of an precise launch.

Artemis 1 begins moist costume rehearsal’s terminal depend

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission has begun terminal depend in its moist costume rehearsal,. The countdown clock started ticking down from T-10 minutes at 7:33 p.m. EDT (2333 GMT).

Artemis 1 ‘go’ for T-10 countdown

The Artemis 1 workforce has determined to proceed with a simulated launch countdown that can finish at T-10 seconds, NASA officers introduced this night (opens in new tab) (June 20). That countdown will probably be carried out in a modified configuration, one which masks a hydrogen leak found earlier in the present day.

Artemis 1 moon rocket absolutely fueled

NASA has absolutely fueled its House Launch System (SLS) megarocket, notching an enormous milestone within the “moist costume rehearsal” for its Artemis 1 moon mission, company officers introduced through Twitter this night (opens in new tab) (June 20). 

Some points have cropped up in the course of the moist costume, nonetheless; for instance, the Artemis 1 workforce seen a hydrogen leak in one of many SLS “fast disconnect” traces. However the moist costume might proceed to its conclusion in the present day even when that leak just isn’t mounted.

“The workforce might determine to proceed terminal depend with sure points masked with a view to get additional into the testing for in the present day’s moist costume rehearsal,” NASA officers mentioned in one other tweet this night (opens in new tab)

Artemis 1 workforce diagnoses hydrogen leak drawback

The Artemis 1 workforce has decided that the hydrogen leak in one of many House Launch System (SLS) rocket’s “fast disconnect” traces resulted from a defective seal on the rocket facet of the cable, NASA officers mentioned throughout an replace this afternoon (June 20). The workforce continues to be working via its subsequent steps and has not but set a T-0 time that might mark the tip of the “moist costume rehearsal” check of the Artemis 1 SLS and Orion capsule.

NASA recalibrating new T-0 for Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal

NASA is recalibrating the T-0 for its Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal after failing in an try to repair a hydrogen leak in a “fast disconnect” line within the House Launch System rocket’s core stage, company officers mentioned in an replace this afternoon (June 20).

Technicians tried warming up after which cooling down the fast disconnect, hoping that might reseat the {hardware} and seal the leak. However it did not work, so Artemis 1 workforce members are “placing their heads collectively and seeing if they will provide you with some other choices to seal that leak,” NASA spokesperson Derrol Nail mentioned this afternoon in the course of the company’s webcast of the moist costume rehearsal. 

Nail added that the workforce can also be making an attempt to provide you with a brand new T-0 , the milestone that can wrap up the moist costume rehearsal. The present T-0 is 4:38 p.m. EDT (2038 GMT), nevertheless it’s been obvious for a while now that Artemis 1 wouldn’t hit that mark.

Three of 4 SLS propellant tanks now crammed

Three of the 4 propellant tanks on the Artemis 1 House Launch System rocket at the moment are crammed, and the fourth could possibly be tanked up quickly, NASA officers in a Twitter replace this afternoon (opens in new tab) (June 20). 

“Liquid oxygen is presently at quick fill for higher stage. Group is working a plan to reseal on the hydrogen leak,” the tweet reads, partly. That leak was noticed earlier in the present day at a “fast disconnect” on the SLS core stage.

Groups at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida proceed troubleshooting the hydrogen leak on the core stage fast disconnect of the House Launch System rocket, which stopped the fueling operation of the Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal check earlier in the present day. 

Groups from Boeing in addition to NASA are on website making an attempt to seal the leak, hoping to have the ability to proceed with the check, though it is unlikely that T-0 will happen at 4:38 p.m. EDT (2038 GMT) as nonetheless formally deliberate. 

“Group is working to manually regulate the LOX stress in higher stage to get again into tanking,” NASA mentioned on Twitter (opens in new tab).

The fueling of the rocket’s higher stage has been accomplished.

Hydrogen leak troubleshooting ongoing throughout Artemis 1 tanking

Artemis 1 groups are presently troubleshooting the leak on the core stage fast disconnect. 

“This consists of manually configuring valves to scale back the stress on the higher stage,” spokesperson Derrol Nail mentioned on NASA Tv. 

While troubleshooting continues, there isn’t a plan to intervene with the small grass fireplace that’s burning close to the hydrogen flare stack, in response to Nail. 

Because the grass is burning in the direction of a mud highway the idea by the launch workforce is that it’ll burn out as soon as it will get to the highway. 

“It will be extra dangerous to ship a workforce on the market to place it out,” Nail mentioned.  

It’s nonetheless unclear what impacts these points would have, if any, on the deliberate T-0 in the course of the moist costume rehearsal, presently set for 4:38 p.m. EDT (2038 GMT).

Hydrogen leak, grass fireplace found throughout Artemis 1 tanking

NASA says Artemis 1 groups are “engaged on a problem with the liquid hydrogen” throughout tanking operations of the core stage, amongst different points.

“They’re getting some information that claims there is a leak, a liquid hydrogen leak, within the fast disconnect that takes the bleed for the engines,” spokesperson Derrol Nail mentioned on NASA Tv round 2:07 p.m. EDT (1807 GMT).

“The workforce is presently evaluating that scenario,” Nail mentioned. “In fact, any leak of liquid hydrogen is one thing … to be involved about for the launch workforce. This can be a hazardous gasoline. They wish to perceive the scenario absolutely earlier than they take any motion.”

Nail added there are extra points forthcoming: there seems to have been a stress restrict exceeded throughout fueling within the liquid oxygen for the higher stage, and a small grass fireplace has emerged close by the launch pad. 

It’s unclear what the grass fireplace was attributable to, and company officers have their cameras on the world to observe the smoke popping out of the grass.  

It’s unclear what impacts these points would have, if any, to the deliberate T-0 in the course of the moist costume rehearsal, presently set for 4:38 p.m. EDT (2038 GMT).

Tanking graphic throughout Artemis 1 tanking

Tanking procedures for Artemis 1’s moist costume rehearsal throughout a graphic launched on Monday (June 20). (Picture credit score: NASA)

The above graphic was launched on NASA Tv at 1:15 p.m. EDT (1715 GMT) exhibiting the progress of tanking operations within the House Launch System’s core stage. The rocket is being fueled in the course of the moist costume rehearsal of Artemis 1, which is anticipated to wrap up afterward Monday afternoon (June 20).

Replace, 1:32 p.m. EDT / 1732 GMT: Whereas saying the core stage is absolutely crammed, NASA added that the graphic confirmed the inaccurate temperature for the liquid hydrogen. The right temperature ought to have learn -423 levels Fahrenheit (-253 levels Celsius).

Core stage nearly accomplished on tanking; higher stage ‘somewhat behind’

The core stage of the House Launch System is sort of accomplished tanking. Liquid hydrogen is absolutely tanked, whereas liquid oxygen is at 90%, NASA spokesperson Derrol Nail mentioned throughout a Monday (June 20) replace at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) on NASA Tv.

The higher stage entered chilldown of its gasoline traces at 1:03 p.m. EDT (1703 GMT) to arrange it for entry of the cryogenic gasoline, Nail added.

“We’re operating somewhat behind on the tanking for the higher stage, in all probability a few half hour or so,” Nail added. “Tweaking of an higher stage skid took somewhat longer than anticipated.”

To this point, the T-0 within the moist costume rehearsal countdown stays at 4:38 p.m. EDT (2038 GMT) following now-resolved delays from early within the morning EDT. Preparations for the check have been operating for practically two days since a name to stations at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) on Saturday (June 18).

Liquid hydrogen reaches ‘topping’ stage

With the core stage hydrogen tank at 98% full, the tank is now in “topping” procedures to ensure the liquid gasoline is absolutely prepared for the moist costume rehearsal within the coming hours, NASA Tv mentioned in an replace at 12:35 p.m. EDT (1635 GMT).

The liquid oxygen tank within the core stage is at 76% full, and all operations are nonetheless continuing to a T-0 within the moist costume rehearsal check at 4:38 p.m. EDT (2038 GMT).

Liquid oxygen and hydrogen past 50% crammed

Liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen ranges are past half crammed, NASA mentioned in an replace round 12:15 p.m. EDT (1715 GMT). Liquid hydrogen within the House Launch System megabooster core stage is at 67% full, whereas liquid hydrogen at 63%. 

Engineers are additionally making ready the higher stage of the rocket for fueling, which can go a lot quicker than the core stage, in response to NASA Tv spokesperson Derrol Nail. 

T-0 on the simulated countdown continues to be anticipated at 4:38 p.m. EDT (2038 GMT), following now resolved delays from early within the morning EDT. You may pay attention in stay on NASA’s web site (opens in new tab).

Artemis 1 ‘go’ in prep for liquid hydrogen tanking

Engineers simply acquired the “go” to arrange the higher stage of the House Launch System (SLS) for liquid hydrogen tanking, starting with a helium purge, in response to NASA Tv.

Liquid hydrogen enters ‘quick fill’

Liquid hydrogen tanking is now getting into a ‘quick fill’ part as engineering groups work to get the House Launch System megarocket tanked for the moist costume rehearsal of Artemis 1 later in the present day, NASA officers mentioned in an replace round 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT).

Liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen are being tanked on the identical time, however the flows on every gasoline are being adjusted. Hydrogen is flowing a bit quicker and oxygen is flowing a bit slower, defined spokesperson Derrol Nail within the replace on NASA Tv.

The intention is to keep away from an “aft strut constraint”, Nail mentioned. Aft struts are horizontal attachment factors between the stable rocket boosters on both facet of the core stage of SLS.

“The automobile strikes throughout fueling. It’s extremely a lot alive. Because the super-chilled propellants go into that tank, it [the vehicle] turns into heavier,” Nail mentioned. 

The steel on the tanks additionally shrinks barely because of the cryogenic temperatures of the hydrogen and oxygen, he added. “For that purpose, the propellants are put in in proportion to one another.”

The liquid hydrogen tank, at 537,000 gallons (2.4 million liters), is anticipated to complete earlier than the liquid oxygen tank at 196,000 gallons (roughly 740,000 liters), Nail mentioned. Liquid hydrogen is way much less dense than liquid oxygen. 

The oxygen tank is roughly 38% crammed as of the replace time, whereas the hydrogen tank stands at lower than 5%; the oxygen tank just isn’t allowed to exceed 49% crammed till the hydrogen tank will get to a minimum of 5%, in response to NASA.

Artemis 1 groups regulate liquid oxygen and hydrogen movement

Liquid hydrogen is now flowing in the course of the Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal, NASA officers mentioned round 11:10 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) on Monday (June 20), confirming that announcement in an company tweet (opens in new tab).

As liquid hydrogen tanking proceeds within the House Launch System megarocket, the hydrogen’s movement fee will probably be barely accelerated in gentle of liquid oxygen tanking operations, which have been ongoing for about an hour.

The liquid hydrogen workforce anticipates they’ll barely speed up their movement of gasoline, whereas the liquid oxygen workforce plans to decelerate their fee, NASA spokesperson Derrol Nail mentioned throughout a NASA Tv replace.

That is as a result of liquid hydrogen should be crammed as much as a minimum of 5% within the SLS tank earlier than liquid oxygen loading is allowed past 49% ranges, Nail mentioned. (Present ranges are at 15% for liquid oxygen, he famous, so slowing down the oxygen movement is a precaution.)

Groups look like fastidiously adjusting these oxygen-hydrogen flows to scale back masses on the SLS throughout tanking, though NASA Tv didn’t straight verify that. The process known as an “aft strut constraint.” The SLS has 4 struts securing the core stage to the boosters when the megarocket is stacked on the cell launcher, in response to NASA documentation (opens in new tab).

Artemis 1 begins gradual fill of hydrogen

NASA has given the go for Artemis 1 to start “gradual fill” of liquid hydrogen in preparation for the moist costume rehearsal, the company mentioned on NASA Tv Monday (June 20) round 10:42 a.m. EDT (1442 GMT).

Liquid hydrogen will then be licensed for a “quick fill”, offering that tanking operations proceed as deliberate. The milestone was confirmed on the company’s Exploration Floor Methods Twitter account in a quick tweet (opens in new tab).

“The rationale for that [slow fill] is to correctly situation the automobile,” spokesperson Derrol Nail mentioned on NASA Tv. “The engineers are attempting to forestall thermal shock to the system by flowing an excessive amount of super-chilled propellant too quick.”

NASA provides ‘go’ for liquid hydrogen tank filling

Engineers have a “go” to proceed for liquid hydrogen tank filling, NASA Tv mentioned in an replace Monday (June 20) round 10:30 a.m. EDT (1430 GMT). 

The milestone was confirmed on the company’s Exploration Floor Methods Twitter account (opens in new tab) at 10:33 a.m. EDT (1433 GMT).

“This can be a main milestone,” spokesperson Derrol Nail mentioned on NASA TV. “As you could recall from earlier moist costume rehearsals, there was a leak …the umbilical leak was mounted, so it is a large second for the workforce.”

NASA had made a number of makes an attempt to carry out the moist costume rehearsal in April, however finally pulled the House Launch System and Orion spacecraft stack again to NASA’s Kennedy House Middle’s Automobile Meeting Constructing to handle the hydrogen leak subject.

Tanking operations are ongoing. Liquid oxygen entered a “quick fill” part earlier within the hour, and liquid hydrogen traces at the moment are being pre-chilled in preparation for tanking.

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Core stage liquid oxygen enters ‘quick fill’

Liquid oxygen is now continuing at a quick fill in preparation for Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal operations, in response to a NASA Tv replace and a quick tweet (opens in new tab) from the company’s Exploration Floor Methods account.

Core stage liquid oxygen enters ‘gradual fill’

The liquid oxygen for the House Launch System’s core stage has entered the “gradual fill” a part of the tanking course of after chilling of the oxygen to cryogenic temperatures accomplished, in response to an announcement from NASA Tv.

“Core stage LOX [liquid oxygen] chilldown … is full and the workforce has now begun gradual fill of liquid oxygen into the tank,” NASA’s Exploration Floor Methods account confirmed (opens in new tab) on Twitter at 10:08 a.m. EDT (1408 GMT).

The gradual fill will take about two hours and 40 minutes to finish, which would be the longest course of throughout moist costume rehearsal operations. Chilling for liquid hydrogen will start in lower than 10 minutes, spokesperson Derrol Nail mentioned on NASA Tv at 10:12 a.m. EDT (1412 GMT).

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Tanking ongoing for Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal

NASA has confirmed tanking is ongoing in the course of the Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal on NASA Tv, its Artemis weblog and a tweet from the Exploration Floor Methods account, embedded beneath.

“The method for filling the core stage tank begins with the chilliness down, or cooling, of the propellant traces to load the liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen in preparation for tanking,” NASA officers mentioned in the weblog put up, printed Monday (June 20) at 9:38 a.m. EDT (1338 GMT). 

“The workforce will slowly fill liquid oxygen into the core stage tank with the quick fill starting quickly after,” the put up added. “Groups will then proceed to slowly fill the core stage’s liquid hydrogen tank, adopted by quick fill.”

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New eight-minute delay in exiting the maintain

NASA expects to exit the lengthened check maintain eight minutes later than anticipated. The brand new exit time will probably be 9:28 a.m. EDT (1328 GMT), permitting Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal operations to proceed, company officers mentioned throughout an replace on NASA Tv.

“The workforce is configuring the launch automobile to prepare for cryogenic tanking,” company spokesperson Derrol Nail mentioned in the course of the replace, delivered round 9:20 a.m. EDT (1320 GMT).

The maintain was lengthened about two hours past its anticipated conclusion at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT) as a result of points with a backup gaseous nitrogen line, points which all look like resolved now. The nitrogen is required to purge dangerous gases throughout tanking, amongst different makes use of.

Ought to the tanking proceed to plan after this level, the brand new T-0 (simulated liftoff) could be at 4:38 p.m. EDT (2038 GMT), Nail added in the course of the replace.

Launch director provides ‘go’ for cryogenic tanking

(Picture credit score: NASA)

NASA launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson gave the “go” for cryogenic tanking to start on the Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal, in response to a livestreamed replace on NASA Tv shortly earlier than 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT). 

The cryogenic cooling was anticipated to start at 9:05 a.m. EDT (1305 GMT) as NASA officers proceed with the check, which is a key milestone in assessing the House Launch System megarocket and Orion spacecraft for his or her readiness to carry out a round-the-moon mission.

Jeremy Graeber, assistant launch director, informed listeners on NASA Tv that the gaseous nitrogen subject holding up tanking operations earlier within the morning EDT has been resolved. Each the gaseous nitrogen valve and the controller, which had been troublesome, at the moment are working correctly following beforehand disclosed engineering fixes.

“The workforce did an amazing job figuring out the issue and resolving it, and so we’re in actually fine condition,” Graeber mentioned. “That drawback has been cleared and we’re at a very good configuration to choose up with cryo loading [and] now not constrained.”

Engineers have additionally picked up a problem with the left stable rocket booster, exhibiting that the resistance was decrease than anticipated, Graeber mentioned. However given the constant historical past of the booster’s efficiency, the groups determined to proceed and to not declare it a constraint to the moist costume rehearsal.

The resistance check was exhibiting a price of twenty-two.4, in comparison with a nominal studying of between 24.4 and 37.4, Graeber mentioned. 

“The worth we’re seeing now could be in step with what we have been seeing over the past a number of weeks,” he added. “So though it’s outdoors of our nominal vary, we perceive that it is persistently right here. So we imagine that is a legitimate quantity.”

Climate is predicted to stay good for tanking operations regardless of T-0 (the simulated liftoff) being pushed again about two hours to 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT), Graeber added.

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NASA resets terminal countdown to 4:20 p.m. EDT

NASA expects to carry Artemis 1s moist costume rehearsal out of its prolonged maintain at 9:20 a.m. EDT (1320 GMT) after engineers efficiently addressed points with a valve and computerized controller on a backup gaseous nitrogen system. 

As deliberate, the backup gaseous nitrogen system will now be swapped with the first, that means the backup will probably be used because the supply to purge dangerous gases all through the checks, NASA’s Derrol Nail mentioned throughout a livestreamed replace at 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT) on NASA Tv.

Ought to the countdown go to plan, the terminal countdown will begin at 4:20 p.m. EDT (2020 GMT) and conclude at 4:30 p.m. EDT, roughly two hours later than scheduled.

Climate is anticipated to carry into that interval, Nail mentioned. “Some showers may develop across the pad within the early afternoon, however they’re anticipated to maneuver west. Tanking, subsequently, within the climate forecasts for taking is go,” he added.

Backup gaseous nitrogen line troubleshooting continues

Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal groups have efficiently changed a gaseous nitrogen valve on a backup line that compelled an extension of a launch maintain previous 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT), NASA officers mentioned throughout a stay replace at 8:00 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT).

“It will not shut,” NASA’s Derrol Nail, a communications consultant, mentioned throughout a broadcast on NASA Tv. “Undecided about what brought on the failure at the moment, however the groups have been engaged on it and have changed the valve. The guide retest of that valve is working properly, in response to the workforce that is on the market.”

Groups at the moment are centered on an computerized controller for the backup gaseous nitrogen line, performing checks to see if that can work correctly, Nail mentioned. Supplied they get the controller working, engineers have additionally determined to maneuver the troublesome gaseous nitrogen as the first supply for the rocket’s check. (There are two sources; it was the redundant one inflicting points, however the prime one was working simply high-quality.)

“The launch workforce, in the meantime, has been transferring ahead configuring the launch automobile for tanking,” Nail continued. “They’ve cycled the valves for liquid oxygen tank within the higher stage, after which started continuing with biking the valves on the liquid oxygen stage.”

NASA is offering updates roughly each half hour on its stay broadcast (opens in new tab) as tanking operations proceed for the moist costume rehearsal, which can happen later in the present day (Monday) if all goes to plan. Actual rescheduled timing for testing procedures haven’t been launched but, because the troubleshooting is ongoing; the nominal plan had put the primary anticipated terminal countdown at 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT).

NASA repairs backup valve for gaseous nitrogen

Engineers have repaired a valve for the backup gaseous nitrogen line, NASA’s Exploration Floor Methods acknowledged on Twitter at 7:45 a.m. EDT (1145 GMT).

“The launch workforce is assessing subsequent steps and proceed to be in an prolonged maintain,” company officers tweeted. 

A deliberate maintain in the course of the moist costume rehearsal was imagined to conclude at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT), however the backup provide subject compelled a pause in returning to the countdown.

The first provide of gaseous nitrogen, required to purge dangerous gases from the House Launch System megarocket throughout tanking, stays operational.

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NASA proceeds with tanking whereas working backup subject

NASA officers have determined to “press” in the direction of tanking operations whereas making an attempt to handle a backup provide subject of gaseous nitrogen in parallel, a stay broadcast for the Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal acknowledged round 7:40 a.m. EDT (1140 GMT).

The first provide for gaseous nitrogen is working properly, however the backup stays at subject.

An replace from engineering groups is anticipated in about 45 minutes on how operations are going, NASA communications official Derrol Nail mentioned in the course of the broadcast. He famous nitrogen is used to forestall buildup of gases, together with retaining avionics and electronics within the engine part dry, amongst different functions. 

“Gaseous nitrogen is important to get began with tanking,” Nail mentioned. 

NASA extends maintain to look at backup nitrogen subject

NASA has prolonged its maintain of the Artemis 1 tanking operations, which was imagined to conclude at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT), as a result of a problem with a backup provide of gaseous nitrogen, the company mentioned on its broadcast.

“The first provide is sweet. It is the backup provide subject for the controller for the provision valve, and so the launch workforce is presently engaged on that subject,” Derrol Nail of NASA communications mentioned in the course of the stay broadcast a couple of minutes in the past.

“Till they do till discover a decision, the launch workforce has determined to carry off on cryo loading till they’ve a greater understanding of what’s required for that restore.”

Issues with gaseous nitrogen provide, used to help actions on the pad, had delayed earlier countdown rehearsals, though it was liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen points that ended up being the principle subject throughout previous checks. 

NASA not too long ago upgraded its infrastructure at Pad 39B on the company’s Kennedy House Middle to extend storage amenities for gaseous nitrogen. Engineers carried out this work forward of schedule after Artemis 1 was rolled again to the Automobile Meeting Constructing in April to handle its tanking points throughout earlier rehearsals.

Nitrogen is used throughout testing, together with hydrogen, helium and air, in check stands offered by NASA’s Excessive Strain Fuel Facility, in response to company supplies (opens in new tab). Gaseous nitrogen is used to purge oxygen from the SLS previous to fueling operations, for security functions, throughout moist costume and launch, NASA mentioned throughout earlier checks.

Underneath the nominal schedule (opens in new tab), the terminal countdown is meant to proceed at 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT), however Nail mentioned it’s seemingly that countdown will probably be delayed because of the subject.

NASA begins Artemis 1 tanking livestream

NASA has simply begun the livestream of the Artemis 1 tanking operations, in anticipation that the moist costume rehearsal will begin later in the present day (Monday, June 20). You may watch the livestream above, on NASA’s YouTube channel and on NASA’s web site.

“We’re good to go for tanking, by way of the climate,” the published mentioned (opens in new tab) at 7:12 a.m. EDT (1112 GMT). For instance, the climate officer says likelihood of precipitation is 20%, and lightning is 10%. This forecast is legitimate till about 2:40 p.m. EDT (1840 GMT), company officers mentioned on the published.

Updates will probably be offered each half-hour at least in the course of the broadcast, which can prolong via a lot of Monday if operations go to plan. The company mentioned the launch workforce is working a “few points”, however offered no additional element as of seven:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT).

“The workforce powered up ICPS [interim cryogenic propulsion system] in a single day, and simply completed their morning prep assembly earlier than we proceed with the check,” mentioned Jim Free, affiliate administrator for NASA’s exploration techniques improvement mission directorate, on Twitter (opens in new tab) at 6:52 a.m. EDT (1052 GMT).

Artemis 1 ‘go’ for tanking operations Monday

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The Artemis 1 stack is “go” to proceed with the terminal countdown of the moist costume rehearsal on Monday (June 20), NASA officers mentioned in a weblog put up (opens in new tab)

The countdown would permit the stacked House Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft to observe a launch on the bottom previous to doing it for actual, throughout a deliberate uncrewed round-the-moon check. 

“Groups are performing a pre-launch walkdown of the rocket to make sure the House Launch System is ready for the upcoming propellant loading operations,” the weblog put up acknowledged at 4:57 p.m. EDT (2157 GMT) on Sunday (June 19).

“Later in the present day, they [teams] will configure cell launcher and pad facility techniques and constructions, and energy up the interim cryogenic propulsion stage,” added the weblog put up, which was printed following a routine mission administration workforce assembly earlier within the afternoon EDT.

Favorable climate circumstances are anticipated for the countdown, NASA famous. For tanking to proceed, there should be lower than a 20% probability of lightning inside 5 nautical miles (5.8 miles or 9.3 km) of Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida, the place the rehearsal is going down.

Moreover, winds should be decrease than 37.5 knots (43.1 mph or 69.5 km/h) and the temperature should be above 41 levels Fahrenheit (5 levels Celsius), the company acknowledged.

One other mission administration workforce assembly is anticipated Monday at 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT) “to evaluate operations and decide whether or not to proceed with tanking operations,” NASA mentioned. That milestone will probably be L-8 hours, 40 minutes within the countdown and the assembly will happen initially of a deliberate 90-minute maintain.

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Moist costume rehearsal ‘on monitor’ as second day of check approaches

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NASA says all Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal operations are “on monitor” because the check approaches its second day of labor later in the present day, at 5 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) Sunday.

NASA plans a routine mission administration workforce assembly this afternoon EDT to assessment the standing of rehearsal, the company mentioned in a weblog put up (opens in new tab) Sunday (June 19) at 10:48 a.m. EDT (1448 GMT). The moist costume rehearsal is a key step in getting Artemis 1 prepared for its uncrewed round-the-moon check, which can launch later in 2022.

“In a single day, engineers powered up the Orion spacecraft and the House Launch System’s core stage,” the company acknowledged within the weblog put up. “Groups additionally configured a number of techniques on the bottom, rocket, and spacecraft and carried out actions to arrange umbilicals that join the rocket and spacecraft to the cell launcher and are used to supply energy, communications, coolant, and propellant.”

The Twitter feed for NASA’s Kennedy House Middle, the place the check is going down at Launch Pad 39B, confirmed (opens in new tab) at 11:26 a.m. EDT (1526 GMT) that tanking operations stay scheduled for tomorrow (Monday, June 20).

The company plans to supply stay commentary Monday throughout tanking operations. Within the meantime, NASA is streaming stay video (opens in new tab) of the rocket and spacecraft.

Moist costume rehearsal begins at 5:30 p.m. EDT

A screenshot of the Artemis 1 stack throughout moist costume rehearsal preparations on June 18, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA Tv)

NASA confirmed in a weblog put up (opens in new tab) that the countdown for the moist costume rehearsal for Artemis 1 started at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT) on Saturday (June 18), precisely on schedule. 

The check will consider the stacked Artemis 1 system, that means an Orion spacecraft and House Launch System megarocket, in a simulated launch countdown check.

“In a single day, groups will energy up the Orion spacecraft and the House Launch System core stage and put together the rocket’s 4 RS-25 engines, which is not going to be lit in the course of the check,” NASA mentioned within the replace, posted at 5:49 p.m. EDT (2149 GMT).

“Climate constraints for propellant loading operations deliberate for Monday stipulate there should be lower than a 20 p.c probability lightning inside 5 nautical miles of pad in the course of the first hour of tanking,” the company added. “Winds additionally should not be above 37.5 knots and the temperature can’t be beneath 41 levels Fahrenheit [5 degrees Celsius.]”

NASA is constant to supply stay video (opens in new tab) of the rocket on the launch pad on the company’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida, though stay commentary just isn’t anticipated to start till tanking operations begin on Monday (June 20).

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Moist costume rehearsal begins

A view of NASA’s Artemis 1 SLS moon rocket on the launch pad on June 12, 2022 at daybreak. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

NASA’s moist costume rehearsal of its House Launch System rocket is anticipated to start about now, at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). Underneath NASA’s plan (opens in new tab), the launch workforce can have their name to stations and the countdown will start in one of many closing main milestones earlier than the moon-circling, uncrewed Artemis 1 will be cleared for launch.

NASA tried to carry out the moist costume in early April, however had hassle fueling the SLS on three separate makes an attempt. The Artemis stack was rolled again to KSC’s Automobile Meeting Constructing (VAB) in late April to handle a hydrogen leak and different points. The rocket is now again on the pad prepared for a recent attempt.

NASA is streaming stay video (opens in new tab) of the rocket and spacecraft at Launch Pad 39B on the company’s Kennedy House Middle. Stay commentary will probably be accessible on the company’s web site (opens in new tab) after tanking operations start Monday (June 20).

The Artemis 1 stack — the SLS and an Orion crew capsule — will probably be vigorously examined over the following two days to evaluate its potential to carry out a simulated launch countdown. NASA says (opens in new tab) these will probably be a few of the milestones to search for:

Saturday, June 18, 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) – L-45 hours, 40 minutes and counting 

  • The launch workforce arrives on their stations and the countdown begins (L-45, 40 minutes hours)
  • Fill the water tank for the sound suppression system (L-45 hours)
  • Orion spacecraft energy up begin (L-41 hours)
  • SLS core stage is powered up (L-35 hours, 20 minutes)
  • Last preparations of the 4 RS-25 engines full (L-30 hours, half-hour)

Monday, June 20, 1:40 a.m. EDT (0540 GMT) – L-13 hours and counting 

  • The SLS interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS) is powered up (L-12 hours, 50 minutes)
  • All non-essential personnel go away Launch Advanced 39B (L-12 hours)

Monday, June 20, 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT) – L-8 hours, 40 minutes and counting

  • Inbuilt countdown maintain begins and lasts roughly 1.5 hours (L-8 hours, 40 minutes)
  • The launch director and mission administration workforce chair conduct a climate and tanking briefing (L-8 hours, 20 minutes)
  • The launch director and mission administration workforce chair determine if they’re “go” or “no-go” to start tanking the rocket (L-7 hours, 50 minutes)

Chosen milestones after this level on Monday embrace:

  • 7:35 a.m. EDT / 1135 GMT: Core stage liquid oxygen (LOX) chilldown begin (L-7 hours, 05 minutes)
  • 8:35 a.m. EDT /1235 GMT: Core stage liquid hydrogen (LH2) chilldown begin (L-6 hours, 5 minutes)
  • 10:10 a.m. EDT / 1410 GMT: Core stage LH2 topping begin (L-4 hours, half-hour)
  • 10:15 a.m. EDT / 1415 GMT: Core stage LH2 replenish begin (L-4 hours 25 minutes)
  • 10:20 a.m. EDT / 1420 GMT: Orion communications system activation begin (L-4 hours, 20 minutes)
  • 11:15 a.m. EDT / 1515 GMT: Core stage LOX topping begin (L-3 hours, 25 minutes)
  • 11:40 a.m. EDT / 1540 GMT: ICPS/SLS telemetry information verified with Mission Management Middle and SLS Engineering Help Middle (L-3 hours)
  • 2 p.m. EDT / 1800 GMT:  L-40 minutes and holding; closing NASA check director briefing begins.
  • 2:30 p.m. EDT / 1830 GMT: Moist Costume Rehearsal Run 1 begins
  • 2:41 p.m. EDT / 1841 GMT: Moist Costume Rehearsal Run 1 ends
  • 3:41 p.m. EDT / 1941 GMT (approximate): Moist Costume Rehearsal Run 2 begins
  • 3:52 p.m. EDT / 1952 GMT (approximate): Moist Costume Rehearsal Run 2 ends

Again on the launch pad

With wildflowers surrounding the view, NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket — carried atop the company’s crawler-transporter 2 — arrives at Launch Pad 39B on the company’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida on June 6, 2022.  (Picture credit score: NASA/Ben Smegelsky)

NASA’s huge Artemis 1 rocket is again on the launch pad as of Monday (June 6) for a second attempt at what the company calls a moist costume rehearsal. Throughout that course of, which can start on June 19 and final about two days if all goes properly, NASA personnel will fill the rocket and its launch infrastructure with greater than 700,000 gallons (2.65 million liters) of cryogenic gasoline, then conduct a sequence of countdown rehearsals, together with practising for holds and aborts.

This week’s arrival marks the Artemis 1 rocket’s second go to to launch pad 39B, after NASA tried a moist costume rehearsal in April. Assuming the company can full the check, the rocket will roll again to the large Automobile Meeting Constructing yet one more time earlier than launching on an uncrewed mission across the moon.

You may watch stay footage of the rocket (opens in new tab) courtesy of NASA.

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Artemis 1’s second rollout is underway

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission stack rolls out from the Automobile Meeting Constructing (VAB) at Kennedy House Middle (KSC) in Florida on June 6, 2022. Artemis 1 is headed for KSC’s Pad 39B for a sequence of prelaunch checks often known as a moist costume rehearsal. Artemis 1 first tried the moist costume on April 1 however bumped into some technical troubles and finally rolled again to the VAB for restore work. (Picture credit score: NASA’s Exploration Floor Methods through Twitter)

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission is on the transfer once more. The Artemis 1 House Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule left the Automobile Meeting Constructing (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle (KSC) somewhat after midnight EDT (0400 GMT) on June 6, heading for KSC’s Pad 39B. The roughly 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) trek is anticipated to take 8 to 12 hours. You may study extra in our rollout preview story.

Artemis 1 is headed to Pad 39B for a “moist costume rehearsal,” a vital sequence of checks that features fueling of the SLS and the efficiency of a number of simulated launch countdowns. The 48-hour moist costume is anticipated to start on June 19.

That is Artemis 1’s second rollout forward of a moist costume try. The stack first headed to Pad 39B in mid-March and initiated a moist costume on April 1. Artemis 1 bumped into some technical troubles on that attempt, nonetheless, and rolled again to the VAB for upkeep work on April 25.

Artemis 1 stack rolls off launch pad

The Artemis 1 moon mission stack rolls off Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida on April 25, 2022. Artemis 1 is headed to KSC’s Automobile Meeting Constructing, the place workforce members will handle just a few points recognized in the course of the mission’s “moist costume rehearsal” check in early April. (Picture credit score: Kennedy House Middle through Twitter)

NASA started rolling its Artemis 1 moon mission off Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle (KSC) in Florida this afternoon (April 25). The House Launch System rocket and Orion capsule that can fly Artemis 1 are on their means again to KSC’s Automobile Meeting Constructing, the place workforce members will handle just a few points recognized in the course of the Artemis 1 “moist costume rehearsal” earlier this month. 

The 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) journey to the VAB is anticipated to take 8 to 12 hours, NASA officers mentioned (opens in new tab).

NASA halts third try at fueling Artemis 1 moon rocket

NASA’s Artemis 1 House Launch System moon rocket stands atop Launch Pad 39B on the Kennedy House Middle in Cape Canaveral, Florida throughout a fueling check on April 4, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

NASA didn’t end fueling the core stage of the Artemis 1 moon mission’s House Launch System (SLS) rocket as deliberate in the present day (April 14), calling it off after noticing a leak of liquid hydrogen. Learn our full story right here.

It was the company’s third try at SLS propellant loading, one of the vital essential components of the Artemis 1 prelaunch “moist costume rehearsal.” Technical points scuttled the primary two tries as properly. It is unclear when the Artemis 1 workforce will resume the multi-day check, and which procedures they nonetheless wish to do; we’ll have to remain tuned for updates, which NASA officers mentioned will probably be coming shortly.

NASA pauses fueling of Artemis 1 moon rocket

NASA has paused the fueling of the Artemis 1 mission’s House Launch System (SLS) rocket after encountering a problem throughout a “quick fill” of liquid hydrogen, or LH2.

“After quick fill on LH2 started, a surge in stress robotically stopped the movement of liquid hydrogen,” company officers wrote in an replace (opens in new tab) at 2:10 p.m. EDT (1810 GMT) in the present day (April 14). “Groups are working to troubleshoot this subject and the rocket is in a protected configuration. Within the meantime, liquid oxygen movement was paused on the core stage to make sure the tanking operations for LOX and LH2 stay synchronized.”

LOX, or liquid oxygen, is the opposite propellant for the SLS.

These operations are a part of the Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal, a vital sequence of prelaunch checks that started on Tuesday (April 12) and are slated to wrap up this afternoon. Preserve checking again right here for extra updates concerning the check.

Fueling underway for Artemis 1 moon rocket

NASA is continuing with liquid oxygen fueling of the Artemis 1 moon rocket after temperature readings slowed their work earlier in the present day. 

“After troubleshooting a problem with the temperature of liquid oxygen throughout early levels of propellant loading into the rocket’s core stage, launch controllers have resumed operations,” NASA wrote in an replace (opens in new tab) at 12:25 pm ET. “Groups carried out chill down operations once more earlier than liquid oxygen started flowing into the tank and adjusted pump speeds as vital throughout movement to assist guarantee temperatures stay beneath limits. In addition they opened valves to bleed off any heat liquid oxygen.”

NASA has additionally begun filling the Artemis 1 core stage with the super-cold liquid hydrogen propellant the rocket will use, in all, Artemis 1’s House Launch System rocket will use 537,000 gallons of propellant throughout its launch to the moon. — Tariq Malik

Artemis 1 moon mission check runs into oxygen snag

NASA has continued its work testing {hardware} that can fly on the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission later this 12 months. This morning, mission personnel labored to chill oxygen traces in preparation for gasoline loading, however as liquid oxygen started flowing into the rocket, groups seen that the temperature had crept too excessive and paused the check, which had been concentrating on a “launch (opens in new tab)” time of three:57 p.m. EDT (1957 GMT).

“As groups started the liquid oxygen (LOX) gradual fill, a temperature restrict was exceeded,” Jeremy Parsons, deputy supervisor of the Exploration Floor Methods workforce at Kennedy House Middle, wrote in a tweet (opens in new tab). “Groups imagine they perceive the difficulty and are working an answer that can permit operations to renew. These are all essential elements of check circumstances in advanced environments.”

NASA powers up Artemis 1 rocket’s core stage, Orion spacecraft

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In a single day from Tuesday to Wednesday (April 12 to April 13), the Artemis 1 workforce powered up the core stage of the mission’s big House Launch System rocket in addition to its Orion spacecraft, NASA officers wrote in an replace Wednesday (opens in new tab).

This work is a part of the Artemis 1 “moist costume rehearsal,” a observe run of important prelaunch procedures resembling rocket fueling. The workforce stays on monitor to fill the tanks of the SLS core stage (however not the higher stage) on Thursday (April 14), as deliberate, company officers mentioned.

The moist costume is scheduled to wrap up on Thursday. If all the things goes properly, the Artemis 1 workforce will then proceed towards gearing up for the mission, which can launch an uncrewed Orion on a journey across the moon, maybe as early as June.

NASA resumes Artemis 1 moon mission’s moist costume rehearsal

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NASA has resumed a key prelaunch check of its Artemis 1 moon mission.

The Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal started as soon as once more at about 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) on Tuesday (April 12), when workforce members arrived at their stations on the Launch Management Middle at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle (KSC) in Florida.

The moist costume will unfold over the following 48 hours, with the massive occasions — fueling of the core stage of Artemis 1’s big House Launch System rocket, for instance, and the efficiency of a number of simulated countdowns — occurring on Thursday (April 12). 

The climate seems good for tanking operations on Thursday, NASA officers wrote in a weblog put up on Tuesday (opens in new tab)

This is not the primary try at Artemis 1’s moist costume. NASA started the check on April 1 and aimed to complete it on April 3, however technical points and the April 8 launch of the personal Ax-1 astronaut mission pushed issues again to Tuesday. 

One of many technical points, a defective valve on the Artemis 1 cell launch tower, led to the modification of some moist costume procedures. NASA had initially supposed to gasoline up each levels of the SLS, for instance, however will now deal with tanking simply the core stage. Learn extra in our story right here (opens in new tab).

NASA resuming Artemis 1 moon rocket check Tuesday

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NASA plans to renew the essential “moist costume rehearsal” of its Artemis 1 moon mission Tuesday (April 12) after a greater than weeklong delay.

The check — a observe run of crucial Artemis 1 prelaunch actions, together with rocket fueling — started on April 1 and was imagined to wrap up 48 hours later. Technical points pushed issues again just a few days, nonetheless, and the workforce then needed to stand down for the launch of the Ax-1 personal astronaut mission, which lifted off Friday (April 8) from a neighboring launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida.

However the moist costume is slated to choose up once more Tuesday with a “name to stations” at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). The massive-ticket gadgets, together with fueling of Artemis 1’s big House Launch System (SLS) rocket, will happen Thursday (April 14), if all goes in response to plan.

Solely the core stage of the two-stage SLS will probably be fueled, nonetheless. The unique plan known as for fueling the higher stage as properly, however NASA nixed that half after discovering an issue with a valve on Artemis 1’s cell launch tower. Learn our full story right here.

Artemis is again to work on Saturday

A view of the Artemis 1 rocket on the launch pad earlier than a “moist costume rehearsal” to arrange for launch. (Picture credit score: NASA)

NASA has introduced that it’ll resume work on the Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal, a vital pre-flight check for the uncrewed moon-circling mission as a result of launch this summer season. The company started moist costume rehearsal actions on April 1, however needed to cease procedures twice. Then, NASA personnel stood down from the rehearsal with a view to allow the Ax-1 mission to the Worldwide House Station to launch on Friday (April 8).

Now, NASA has a plan to get again to work on the rocket verify. Company personnel will start work on Saturday (April 9) at about 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). The Artemis 1 workforce will work via every activity of launch preparations, straight via to only beneath 10 seconds earlier than what could be launch time on an actual flight. If all goes properly, the workforce will attain that “T-0” time on Monday (April 11) at about 2:40 p.m. EDT (1840 GMT), NASA officers wrote in a assertion (opens in new tab).

NASA halts fueling of Artemis 1 moon rocket as a result of valve subject

The “moist costume rehearsal” of NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission has hit one other snag.

The essential three-day check was imagined to wrap up Sunday (April 3) with the fueling of Artemis 1’s big House Launch System (SLS) rocket, however an issue with the followers on its cell launch tower pushed issues again to Monday (April 4). The Artemis 1 workforce started loading 700,000 gallons of supercold liquid propellants into the rocket on Monday however needed to halt after discovering an issue with a vent valve on the cell launcher.

“Due the vent valve subject, the launch director has known as off the check for the day. The workforce is making ready to dump LOX and can start discussing how shortly the automobile will be rotated for the following try. Loads of nice studying and progress in the present day,” NASA’s Exploration Floor Methods program mentioned through Twitter Monday afternoon (opens in new tab). (“LOX” is liquid oxygen, one of many two SLS propellants. The opposite is liquid hydrogen.)

Keep tuned for extra updates.

NASA units new Artemis 1 “launch” time of 6:02 p.m. EDT

NASA has set a brand new “launch” time for its Artemis 1 moon mission — 6:02 p.m. EDT (2202 GMT) in the present day (April 4).

The large House Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule that can fly Artemis 1 will not really get off the bottom in the present day, in fact; NASA is presently conducting a “moist costume rehearsal” that simulates lots of the actions main as much as launch, together with fueling of the SLS. This important trial began on Friday afternoon (April 1) and was imagined to wrap up on Sunday (April 3), however a number of technical points pushed some work to in the present day. 

Preserve checking again right here for updates. And you’ll see stay video of the SLS-Orion stack on the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle right here (opens in new tab).

NASA ‘go’ to gasoline Artemis 1 moon rocket

NASA launch controllers cleared the Artemis 1` moon rocket to proceed with “tanking” (or fueling) the House Launch System booster in the present day at 7:40 a.m. EDT (1140 GMT). Later, officers are anticipated to offer a “go” to truly begin the fueling course of. 

NASA stories that the check workforce is in a maintain presently as they work to resolve an outage with a vendor that gives gaseous nitrogen that’s wanted for the tanking course of.

“Nitrogen is used to arrange for, and through tanking operations, to supply a non-flammable setting within the SLS. When the difficulty is resolved, the countdown clock will decide again up with T-6 hours, 40 minutes on the clock (L-7 hours, 20 minutes) remaining within the countdown, (opens in new tab) starting with chilling down the liquid oxygen traces for the core stage,” NASA wrote in an replace (opens in new tab)

Earlier, NASA was concentrating on a deliberate T-0 “launch time” of two:40 p.m. EDT (1840 GMT) through which to conclude in the present day’s check. We’re awaiting phrase from NASA if that point will change. 

NASA to attempt Artemis 1 fueling check once more

NASA will make a second try and gasoline the Artemis 1 House Launch System moon rocket in the present day after a floor techniques tools drawback on the rocket’s cell launcher prevented the check on Sunday (April 3).

The Artemis 1 moon rocket is standing atop Pad 39B of NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the place it has been present process a important “moist costume rehearsal” to observe a full launch countdown forward of its moon mission later this 12 months. 

At 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT), the launch management workforce was anticipated to fulfill and assessment the rocket’s standing earlier than deciding whether or not to start loading gasoline at round 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT). If authorised, the workforce would then proceed to gasoline the SLS rocket with the 700,000 gallons of super-cold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. 

NASA plans to countdown to a T-0 “liftoff” time of two:40 p.m. EDT (1840 GMT). 

Scrub! NASA calls off Artemis 1 fueling check

NASA has known as off its deliberate “moist costume rehearsal” fueling check of its first Artemis 1 moon rocket over security considerations with the rocket’s cell launch platform. 

NASA introduced the scrub on Twitter at 12:06 p.m. EDT (1606 GMT), practically 5 hours after fueling was initially scheduled to happen. The rationale, NASA officers mentioned, was a pressurization drawback on the cell launcher that homes floor crew techniques. 

“Groups have determined to wash tanking operations for the moist costume rehearsal as a result of lack of potential to pressurize the cell launcher. The followers are wanted to supply constructive stress to the enclosed areas throughout the cell launcher and preserve out hazardous gases,” NASA wrote in an replace in the present day. “Technicians are unable to securely proceed with loading the propellants into the rocket’s core stage and interim cryogenic propulsion stage with out this functionality.”

NASA is now working to find out if floor crews could make one other try and gasoline the Artemis 1 mission’s House Launch System rocket on Monday, April 4. 

A media briefing on NASA’s plans is anticipated later in the present day.

Fueling day for Artemis 1 moon rocket

NASA’s Artemis 1 House Launch System moon rocket stands atop Launch Pad 39B on the Kennedy House Middle in Cape Canaveral, Florida throughout a fueling check on April 3, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA Kennedy House Middle)

It is fueling day for NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket because the company nears the principle occasion of its “moist costume rehearsal.” 

At 6:45 a.m. EDT in the present day, NASA’s Artemis 1 launch director gave the “go” to start fueling the Artemis 1 House Launch System rocket at 7:20 a.m. EDT (1120 GMT). 

Sturdy storms in a single day brought on about an hour of delays for crews working at Launch Pad 39B, in response to Jeremy Parsons, NASA’s deputy supervisor of the Exploration Floor Methods, who’s stay Tweeting the check.

4 lightning strikes occurred within the neighborhood of the Pad 39B website, together with the strongest strike to the pad’s protecting catenary wire and tower construction designed to defend the Artemis 1 moon rocket from direct lightning hits. 

“1 of the strikes final evening was the strongest we now have seen since we put in the brand new lightning safety system,” Parsons wrote. “It hit the catenary wire that runs between the three towers. System carried out extraordinarily properly & stored SLS and Orion protected. Glad we enhanced safety since Shuttle!”

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Artemis 1 SLS rocket core stage powered up for check

NASA’s three-day launch countdown and fueling check for its Artemis 1 moon rocket is in full swing, with engineers powering up the House Launch System’s core stage at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT) this morning, NASA stories. 

The check, known as a “moist costume rehearsal,” is practising launch countdown and fueling procedures for the House Launch System rocket that will probably be wanted when NASA launches the precise Artemis 1 moon mission with this booster round late Could or June. 

You may see stay views of the Artemis 1 House Launch System on the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Newsroom YouTube Channel, which is embedded above.

The solar rises behind NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket at Pad 39B of the Kennedy House Middle in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA)

Here is what NASA has on faucet for in the present day: “Round 3 a.m. on Saturday April 2, at roughly L-35 hours and 20 minutes, the Artemis I launch management workforce powered up the House Launch System rocket’s core stage (opens in new tab), which will probably be loaded with greater than 700,000 gallons of propellants in the course of the tanking part of the countdown (opens in new tab). In the course of the day, groups will cost Orion flight batteries, conduct closing preparations on umbilical arms, and conduct a closing pre-launch walkdown,” the company wrote in a standing replace (opens in new tab).

At 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT), NASA will conduct a climate briefing, at which period the company will launch a brand new replace. Jeremy Parsons, NASA’s deputy supervisor of the Exploration Floor Methods program at @NASAKennedy (opens in new tab), is offering stay updates through the company’s NASA Exploration Floor Methods Twitter account. — Tariq Malik

Artemis 1 moist costume rehearsal press convention

NASA will maintain a teleconference in the present day at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) to debate the company’s important first fueling check for the Artemis 1 moon rocket presently standing atop Launch Pad 39B on the Kennedy House Middle in Florida. You may watch it stay on the high of our homepage.

Referred to as a “moist costume rehearsal,” the multi-day check will start on April 1 and finish on April 3 and function a launch day costume rehearsal for NASA’s Artemis 1 uncrewed moon mission. Artemis 1 is scheduled to launch no sooner than late Could or early June. 

Talking in in the present day’s convention will probably be:

  • Tom Whitmeyer, deputy affiliate administrator for frequent exploration techniques improvement, NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis launch director, NASA Exploration Floor Methods program, NASA Kennedy
  • John Honeycutt, supervisor, House Launch System program, NASA’s Marshall House Flight Middle in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Howard Hu, supervisor, Orion program, NASA’s Johnson House Middle in Houston
  • Mike Sarafin, Artemis mission supervisor, NASA Headquarters

Tune in at 1 p.m. EDT to search out out extra about NASA’s Artemis 1 fueling check plans.

There is a rocket there, we promise!

An early-morning view of the Artemis 1 rocket on the launch pad taken on March 18, 2022, by House.com senior author Chelsea Gohd. (Picture credit score: Future/Chelsea Gohd)

House.com senior author Chelsea Gohd is on the scene in foggy early-morning Florida testing the Artemis 1 rocket on the launch pad. She’s live-tweeting the go to so observe alongside to listen to all the newest and see tons extra pictures:

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NASA’s Artemis 1 megarocket is on the launch pad

NASA’s Artemis 1 House Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule at historic Launch Advanced 39B at Kennedy House Middle, Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

It is a milestone area followers have been ready for for ages: NASA’s first House Launch System (SLS) rocket reached the launch pad within the early morning of Friday (March 18). The rocket will bear a few month of testing, retreat to the Automobile Meeting Constructing, roll out once more and launch no sooner than late Could.

NASA chief Invoice Nelson speaks throughout Artemis rollout

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The Artemis 1 rollout featured an look by NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson, who gave a 13-minute speech because the company’s House Launch System megarocket and Orion capsule rolled slowly by within the background. 

“Women and gents, the world’s strongest rocket ever proper right here,” Nelson mentioned. “It is again to the moon after which on to Mars!”

Artemis 1 clears the VAB!

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The House Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule that can fly NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission this summer season emerge from the Automobile Meeting Constructing at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida on March 17, 2022. The SLS-Orion duo are on their technique to the launch pad for testing, a 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) journey that is anticipated to take 11 hours. Learn extra.

Rollout has begun!

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NASA started rolling its Artemis 1 moon mission out to the launch pad at Kennedy House Middle in Florida in the present day (March 17) at 5:47 p.m. EDT (2147 GMT). The company’s crawler-transporter 2 automobile is carrying the House Launch System rocket and Orion capsule on a 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) journey that is anticipated to take about 11 hours. Learn extra right here.

Artemis 1 rollout is stay!

NASA TV has begun livestreaming the rollout of its Artemis 1 moon mission to the launch pad at Florida’s Kennedy House Middle for testing. Watch it stay and skim extra right here.

NASA opens VAB doorways for Artemis 1 rollout

The cell launcher with NASA’s House Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft aboard is seen contained in the Automobile Meeting Constructing in the course of the opening of the doorways to Excessive Bay 3 earlier than rolling out to Launch Advanced 39B for the primary time, Thursday, March 17, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida.  (Picture credit score: NASA/Keegan Barber)

NASA has opened the large bay doorways on the Automobile Meeting Constructing to start in the present day’s deliberate rollout of the primary House Launch System megarocket that will probably be used to launch the Artemis 1 mission to the moon. Rollout will start at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). 

House.com Senior Author Chelsea Gohd is at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Cape Canaveral, Florida the place she is overlaying the rollout stay. Here is a few of her pictures up to now. 

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It is rollout day for Artemis 1 moon rocket!

It is lastly right here: rollout day for NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket.  

As House.com Senior Author Chelsea Gohd stories, NASA’s first House Launch System megarocket will roll to Launch Pad 39B on the Kennedy House Middle in Florida at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). You can watch it stay at begin time on this web page and on the House.com homepage, courtesy of NASA TV. It’ll take as much as 12 hours to succeed in the pad. Gohd is on the Kennedy House Middle and can cowl the rollout in a single day for House.com. 

The Artemis 1 mission will launch an uncrewed Orion spacecraft across the moon no sooner than late Could 2022. At this time’s rollout is a debut of types for the rocket and can kick off a month of pad checks that, NASA hopes, will embrace a “moist costume rehearsal” to gasoline the rocket for the primary time.

At this time’s rollout marks the most important transfer in years for NASA’s huge crawler service automobile as properly. The Apollo-era automobile, initially constructed to maneuver Saturn V rockets, weighs 5.75 million kilos (2.60 million kilograms) and was used to maneuver NASA area shuttles and the Ares I-X check rocket to the pad. 

House.com’s Spaceflight Editor Mike Wall has this explainer of the crawler service automobile.

Artemis 1 rollout media teleconference in the present day

At this time (March 14), NASA will probably be internet hosting a stay media teleconference discussing the main points of the upcoming rollout of the Artemis 1 autos.

Rollout of the autos, the House Launch System (SLS) megarocket and the Orion spacecraft, will happen on Thursday (March 17) at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida. The pair will probably be carried by the company’s crawler-transporter 2 automobile on a gradual, 4-mile journey to Launch Pad 39B. 

Be a part of the media teleconference (opens in new tab)stay in the present day at 5:30 EST (2230 GMT) at House.com or straight through the company’s Youtube channel. You may watch the occasion stay on the video above.

Ship your identify across the moon on Artemis 1

You may ship your identify across the moon on NASA’s Artemis 1 mission, an uncrewed flight that is scheduled to launch in Could or June. Simply join a free “boarding go” at this NASA web page (opens in new tab) — that is all there’s to it! Learn extra right here.

Artemis 1 rocket rollout set for March 17 for Could launch

An in depth-up view of NASA’s Artemis 1 House Launch System megarocket contained in the Automobile Meeting Constructing at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida on Sept. 20, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA/Frank Michaux)

In a press convention in the present day, NASA introduced that it’ll roll out the Artemis 1 moon rocket, the company’s first House Launch System megarocket, on March 17 on the Kennedy House Middle in a significant milestone for the company’s return to the moon. 

Artemis 1 will roll out to Launch Pad 39B on the Kennedy House Middle for as much as a month of pad checks and a “moist costume rehearsal” through which the rocket will probably be fueled as if for launch. The checks will set the stage for an Artemis 1 launch someday in Could 2022, however that would slip to June or July, NASA officers mentioned in the present day. 

You may learn the complete story, together with particulars on the moist costume rehearsal, rollout and launch window plans, in our wrap story by Mike Wall.

NASA Artemis 1 mission replace in the present day

Replace for 1:30 pm ET: NASA is now concentrating on 2:30 p.m. EST (1930 GMT) for its press teleconference in the present day on the Artemis 1 moon mission replace.


NASA will maintain a stay teleconference in the present day to debate its plans to launch the Artemis 1 moon mission as early as April. The teleconference will start at 1:30 pm ET (2030 GMT) in the present day and you’ll pay attention in stay right here. 

Artemis 1 is NASA’s first mission to the moon beneath the company’s Artemis program, which goals to ship astronauts to the moon by round 2025 or so. That crewed moon touchdown will happen on the Artemis 3 mission. 

As the primary to fly, Artemis 1 is not going to carry a crew, however will fly on a visit across the moon with devices, cubesats and extra aboard. The mission will use the brand new House Launch System to launch an Orion area capsule to the moon and again. 

The rollout of that SLS moon rocket is anticipated someday in March, with NASA as a result of give an replace on that course of in the present day.

NASA fires up Artemis 1 moon rocket’s first-stage engines once more

NASA’s House Launch System rocket being readied for rollout forward of its check flight to the moon later this 12 months. (Picture credit score: NASA)

NASA seems to have ironed out the kinks with the core-stage engines of the House Launch System (SLS) rocket that can launch the Artemis 1 moon mission this spring.

A defective controller on one of many SLS core-stage engines required some troubleshooting not too long ago, pushing the launch of Artemis 1 — an uncrewed journey across the moon — again to April. These fixes appeared to work, for the SLS core stage engines carried out as anticipated throughout a current sequence of checks, NASA officers introduced on Friday (Feb. 18). Learn our story about these developments right here.

And talking of developments: We’ll get one other Artemis 1 replace quickly. NASA will maintain a media teleconference on Thursday (Feb. 24) at 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT) to debate the newest progress towards launch. You may hearken to it stay Thursday right here at House.com, courtesy of NASA, or straight through the area company.

Artemis 1 rollout delayed, NASA says

The Orion spacecraft for NASA’s Artemis I mission, absolutely assembled with its launch abort system, is lifted above the House Launch System (SLS) rocket in Excessive Bay 3 of the Automobile Meeting Constructing at Kennedy House Middle in Florida on Oct. 20, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA/Frank Michaux)

NASA’s first Artemis moon mission will launch somewhat later than anticipated.

At this time (Feb. 2), NASA introduced that the rollout of its House Launch System (SLS) megarocket and Orion capsule will probably be pushed from February to March, although the company has but to announce an actual date. 

“In the end, we will launch this flight {hardware} when the flight {hardware} is prepared and when the workforce’s prepared,” Mike Bolger, this system supervisor of exploration floor techniques at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle, informed House.com throughout a information convention held in the present day.

Whereas the precise rollout date and new launch date haven’t but been introduced, Mike Sarafin, the Artemis 1 mission supervisor at NASA Headquarters, mentioned in the course of the information convention that if the launch is pushed to April or Could, a launch window would prolong from April 8 to April 23; one other would open Could 7 and shut Could 21.

Study extra at House.com right here.

Artemis 1 standing briefing begins quickly

NASA officers are holding a information convention in the present day (Feb. 2) at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) to debate the delayed rollout of the SLS rocket. You may hearken to the teleconference stay within the window above, courtesy of NASA. 

“Whereas the groups should not working any main points, NASA has added extra time to finish closeout actions contained in the VAB [Vehicle Assembly Building] previous to rolling the rocket out for the primary time,” company officers wrote in a assertion (opens in new tab).

Full story: NASA delays rollout of Artemis 1 moon mission’s SLS megarocket till March. Hear why in the present day.



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