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Shocking! FIRE Breaks Out Near Explosive NASA Artemis 1 Moon Rocket

After so many setbacks, a terrifying emergency has hit NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket.

NASA removed the Artemis 1 moon rocket from its launch pad for safety, as the weather forecast signaled the arrival of the horribly strong Hurricane Ian. Team members operating Artemis 1 rolled the stack from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Pad 39B to the facility’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). As reported by Space.com, Artemis 1 completed its nearly 10-hour journey to the VAB at approximately 9:15 a.m. EDT (1315 GMT) on Sept. 27. However, the state of emergency for NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket escalated when a fire broke out outside the building.

“Workers were evacuated and no injuries were reported. The VAB is fireproof and the Artemis 1 vehicle was not at risk,” KSC officials shared via Tweet. KSC director Janet Petro who gave more details on the matter stated: “I was told it was a 40-volt electrical panel on the wall of the High Bay 3 that caught fire.” She also said the cause of the incident is under investigation.

As reported, Artemis 1 will launch an unmanned Orion capsule to the moon using a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. NASA was supposed to launch the mission itself on September 7, but due to the arrival of Hurricane Ian, the American space agency had to cancel the launch.

As shared by NASA, the mission team will perform a task on the Artemis 1 stack while in the VAB. The new target launch date has yet to be confirmed, as a launch before November seems unlikely at this point.

“I won’t write it off, but it’s going to be tough,” Jim Free, associate administrator for NASA’s Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, said at a media briefing, referring to an October launch.

Artemis 1 is the first mission of NASA’s Artemis program and will also be the first launch of the SLS. NASA plans to send astronauts around the moon in Artemis 2 by 2024, while Artemis 3 will descend to the ground near the moon’s south pole about a year later, if Artemis 1 is successful.

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