February 4, 2023

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7:15 AM | *Artemis I rocket launch scrubbed on Monday…next attempt for launch of the most powerful rocket ever built is Friday, September 2nd…paves the way for a return to the moon* — Arcfield Weather

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Artemis I is a 32-story rocket and produces up to 8.8 million pounds of thrust – 15% more than the Saturn V rockets of last century. Fully fueled, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket weighs 5.7 million pounds and will exit Earth’s atmosphere in only 2 minutes. For Artemis I, there will be three mannequins inside the Orion capsule to collect data via sensors about what astronauts will experience on the trip to-and-from the moon. Over the course of the 42-day mission, Orion will orbit the Moon for more than a week. This capsule will come within 62 miles of the lunar surface and travel 40,000 miles beyond the far side of the Moon before turning back to Earth.

The capsule will stay in space longer than any human spacecraft has without docking to a space station and it’ll return home faster and hotter than ever before.  Indeed, one of the key goals of the mission is to test Orion’s heat shield when it slams into Earth’s atmosphere at 25,000 mph and a temperature of up to 5,000 degrees (F).

(Credit to NASA, “spaceweather.com” for some of the information in this posting).

Meteorologist Paul Dorian

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2022-08-30 11:15:00

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