NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket boosters could expire in December

As the launch date for NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission continues to be pushed back due to glitches and storms, a deadline for its solid rocket boosters is fast approaching.

The launch of Artemis 1 – which will use a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, aided by two boosters, to send a ship unmanned Orion Capsule to the moon – was again delayed, this time until Wednesday (Nov 16) at the earliest due to the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Nicole on the Space Coast of Florida. Satellite images show Nicole currently looming in the atlantic ocean next to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), generating winds of up to 70 mph (110 kph) as it nears the center’s Launch Pad 39B, where the Artemis 1 stack is located , ready to weather the storm.

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