Latest Space Missions (& Other Science Stuff)

https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2022/07/14/webb-images-of-jupiter-and-more-now-available-in-commissioning-data/

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Seeds of Glass and a NMS reference

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Congrats to the captain of Radiant Pillar BC1!

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Supernova


https://www.wis-tns.org/astronotes/astronote/2022-145

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So powerful, it poked a hole in the film! :sweat_smile:

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Looking for exoworld names from JWST

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If you want to know the names of our planets, why not just ask us?

Damn humans think they own the universe…

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They just renamed planet Xzwiquisher as Snoopy. What is a snoopy?

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It does have a strong NMS vibe, though… :laughing:

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And I agree with others. This sounds very much like a Mass Effect Reaper

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Artemis I - Test Flight

Weather remains 70% Favorable, Teams on Track to Begin Countdown Saturday :link: NASA Blog

Artemis I Launch Countdown 101 :link: NASA

Liftoff from Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is currently targeted for 8:33 a.m. EDT (12:33 UTC) Monday, Aug. 29 (2hr window)

NASA SLS LAUNCH - Details Artemis I :link: KennedySpaceCenter

Official NASA Broadcast

KSC Newsroom - Artemis I - Launch Complex 39B (Live)
Artemis I - Launch Complex 39B - YouTube (no longer available)

NASASpaceflight

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Really torn about this one. I’m hoping for this flight to succeed, but I’m not sure if that’s not cruel and selfish of me. This thing has been stuck in development hell so long, it feels like it should fail as early as possible to send everybody back to the drawing board and start from scratch. They want to put people into this already on the third flight, if I understand that right. I hope they’ll make it, but I’m afraid somebody might get killed if they do…

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Update Artemis I Launch

Engineers are working on engine 3 not behaving as expected (bleed).

During the transition from slow fill to fast fill of LH2 into the @NASA_SLS rocket, we saw a spike in the amount of hydrogen that is allowed to leak into the purge can. The leak is at an acceptable level and we have returned to fast fill operations: https://go.nasa.gov/3PR8Fli

Source: https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1564166991623110656

I personally doubt there will be a launch today, to ensure they can inspect the issue properly. They are running out of launch window as we speak…

Updates here:
NASA :link: Twitter
NASA_SLS :link: Twitter
NASA Artemis :link: Twitter
NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems :link: Twitter

NASA Blog :link: NASA
NASA Live :link: NASA

Edit:

HOLD at T -40

The launch of #Artemis I is no longer happening today as teams work through an issue with an engine bleed. Teams will continue to gather data, and we will keep you posted on the timing of the next launch attempt. https://blogs.nasa.gov/artemis/

Source :link: Twitter

Next opportunities are on September 2nd and September 5th

Update

Next launch has been moved to Saturday, September 3rd, at 18:17 UTC

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Artemis I Launch - September 3rd

For other sources, see previous posts:
Artemis I - Test Flight
Update Artemis Launch

Update:

Launch scrubbed

The launch director waived off today’s Artemis I launch attempt at approximately 11:17 a.m. EDT. Teams encountered a liquid hydrogen leak while loading the propellant into the core stage of the Space Launch System rocket. Multiple troubleshooting efforts to address the area of the leak by reseating a seal in the quick disconnect…

Source: Artemis I Launch Attempt Scrubbed – Artemis

During tanking of the #Artemis I mission, a leak developed in the supply side of the 8-inch quick disconnect while attempting to transfer fuel to the rocket. Attempts to fix it so far have been unsuccessful. Stand by for updates.

Source: https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1566072010316333062

The #Artemis I mission to the Moon has been postponed. Teams attempted to fix an issue related to a leak in the hardware transferring fuel into the rocket, but were unsuccessful. Join NASA leaders later today for a news conference. Check for updates: https://youtu.be/JWAA5P-iFJs

Source: https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1566083321502830594

The next possible opportunity is Monday, September 5th.

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Many of my fellow Humans would rather see a rocket blow up, wasting billions of (some of our) dollars, than a safe, boring scrub and another try in a few days. Sad but true. :expressionless:

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