The US space agency has recently delayed the launch of its Artemis I mission.
NASA's Artemis lunar program faces further delays. The launch of the Artemis 1 mission was originally planned for February but was later postponed to April. On Thursday, the US space agency named the end of May, or early June at the latest, as the new start date for the first major test of the Orion space capsule.
The capsule should then start towards the moon without people on board, orbit the earth's satellite for a week and then return to earth.
Tests of the SLS rocket, which will carry the capsule into space, have been successfully completed, said NASA's responsible for the mission, Tom Whitmeyer, at a presentation by the space agency on Thursday.
The next step is to bring the 122-meter high SLS rocket to the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and refuel it for the launch. In the so-called "wet dress rehearsal" a full start countdown should also be carried out. After that, you will also be able to give more specific information about the launch date, it said on the part of NASA.
With the Artemis program, NASA wants to pick up where it left off with the "Apollo" program. Artemis I forms the prelude. Astronauts are expected to orbit the moon with the mission Artemis II in 2023. Artemis III's mission is supposed to actually land with astronauts on Earth's satellite in 2025. But NASA will declare the exact year and date later.