NASA clears Artemis 1 lunar rocket to launch on November 16 despite storm damage

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission will attempt to launch again after all.

Mission leaders met on Monday (November 14) to discuss the flight readiness of the Artemis 1 Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft following minor damage from Hurricane Nicole, which was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall on Thursday (November 10). Despite the fact that a strip of insulating caulking on Orion was damaged by high winds as the storm landed, Mike Sarafin, Artemis mission manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said “he There are no changes to our plan to attempt to launch 16” during a media conference call today (November 14).

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