NASA to Provide Media Update on Demonstration Test, Artemis I Mission

NASAs Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen atop the mobile launcher at Launch 39B at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 26, 2022. Artemis I mission is the first integrated test of the agencys deep space exploration systems: the Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, and supporting ground systems.
Credits: NASA/Eric Bordelon

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 12:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23, to discuss the cryogenic demonstration test conducted Wednesday, Sept. 21, ahead of the next Artemis I launch attempt.

Audio of the call will livestream on the agencys website at:

After encountering a hydrogen leak early in the loading process during the test Wednesday, Sept. 21, engineers were able to troubleshoot the issue and complete the test objectives.

Based on data from the test, teams are fine-tuning procedures for the next launch opportunity, targeted for no earlier than Sept. 27. The rocket remains in a safe and flight-ready configuration at the launch pad.

Artemis I is a flight test to launch NASAs Space Launch System rocket and send an uncrewed Orion spacecraft around the Moon before future missions with crew.

Briefing participants include:

  • Tom Whitmeyer, deputy associate administrator, Common Exploration Systems Development, NASA Headquarters
  • Brad McCain, vice president and general manager, Jacobs Space Operations Group
  • John Blevins, SLS chief engineer, NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center

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