Artemis I set to fly today

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Artemis I set to fly today

Post by bbattle » August 29th 2022, 3:58am

Artemis I will send the unmanned Orion module to the moon. They are filling the fuel tanks now.



the module will be carrying lots of momentos and other items. A bolt from Apollo 11, a bit of moon rock, seeds from earlier "moon trees", lego characters?, etc. Snoopy will be onboard as a zero gravity indicator. Snoopy has been a part of NASA since the Apollo days. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/snoopy-to- ... on-mission

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/artemis-i- ... round-moon

Lots of info. and videos here if you are interested. I know there won't be much work done at MSFC today.

https://www.nasa.gov/content/live-cover ... o-the-moon
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Post by ocean » August 30th 2022, 3:47pm

bbattle wrote:
August 29th 2022, 3:58am
Artemis I will send the unmanned Orion module to the moon. They are filling the fuel tanks now.



the module will be carrying lots of momentos and other items. A bolt from Apollo 11, a bit of moon rock, seeds from earlier "moon trees", lego characters?, etc. Snoopy will be onboard as a zero gravity indicator. Snoopy has been a part of NASA since the Apollo days. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/snoopy-to- ... on-mission

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/artemis-i- ... round-moon

Lots of info. and videos here if you are interested. I know there won't be much work done at MSFC today.

https://www.nasa.gov/content/live-cover ... o-the-moon
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Post by bbattle » August 30th 2022, 5:32pm

I'm at MSFC, in Huntsville, Alabama. A lot of workers here went to KSC to see the launch.

NASA got in a jam when the Ares mission got canceled. Thousands of contractors got fired and went and found jobs elsewhere. Then they came up with SLS, which is basically a rehashed Ares 5 rocket but they got stuck with Boeing having a cost-plus contract. Boeing been in no hurry to finish their work, of course but I can't see NASA giving Boeing any more contracts anytime soon. Blue Origin, SpaceX, and a bunch of other space companies you've not heard of are doing all sorts of cool stuff in the commercial space business(satellites). NASA also politically crippled by the fear of failure; especially if somebody dies. So, paralysis by analysis continues.

SLS is currently the only rocket capable of getting to the moon without a refuel on the way. That's why, I think, Gateway became a thing. SpaceX may get Starship going in a year or two; we'll see.

I don't like the fact that Artemis is way over budget and way behind schedule but the situation is what it is. Let's get all three Artemis rockets launched and gone and NASA can hopefully move forward with other partners.

And oh yes, vitally important to get to the moon before going to Mars. Plus, NASA has tons of projects concerned with having a permanent base on the moon. Recovering water and metals from the lunar regolith to building structures, growing food, habitat, recycling, etc.
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Post by bbattle » September 4th 2022, 8:15am

Only 4 weeks? I'd say more like 4 months. Boeing is working that cost-plus contract for all its worth. NASA got stuck with this nightmare. Ares got canceled then it was decided by Congress that NASA needed to make its own rocket. Probably because it looked pretty bad we were shelling out hundreds of millions to ride a Russian rocket into space. Congress couldn't care less what something costs; it's not their money. Plus, it's "SCIENCE".

speaking of cool stuff, here's a video about the vehicle that hauls the Artemis rocket to the launch pad. and back.
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Post by Hawk » September 4th 2022, 5:03pm

I suppose an abundance of caution is inevitable when we’re still seeing documentaries including Thiokol’s SRB whistle blower accompanying a stink that hasn’t quite dissipated around the hubris that gave us MCAS.

I’d almost rather see Airbus/ESA and Musk on the case.

Somehow the Boeing / MD merger causes this to blow across the deviant windmills of my mind:

https://youtu.be/JvHqZzrBMDw

Wherein we see the relocation of Boeing’s corporate headquarters.
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Post by Nuvolari » September 4th 2022, 8:59pm

bbattle wrote:
September 4th 2022, 8:15am
Only 4 weeks? I'd say more like 4 months. Boeing is working that cost-plus contract for all its worth. NASA got stuck with this nightmare. Ares got canceled then it was decided by Congress that NASA needed to make its own rocket. Probably because it looked pretty bad we were shelling out hundreds of millions to ride a Russian rocket into space. Congress couldn't care less what something costs; it's not their money. Plus, it's "SCIENCE".

speaking of cool stuff, here's a video about the vehicle that hauls the Artemis rocket to the launch pad. and back.
So cool! Thanks for the link!
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