NASA’s Artemis I launch faces a new obstacle: the atmosphere

A rocket sits on a launchpad in the center of the image with sunset-lit clouds in the background
NASA’s SLS in pad on September 3, 2022 | Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

I’ve got good news and bad news for fans of big NASA space missions.

The good news is that after repeated delays and a nail-biting test of a leaky fuel system, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) could make its big debut by Tuesday. The bad news is currently named Tropical Depression Nine. It is a developing storm in the Caribbean that has the potential to become a major hurricane and is currently on a path toward Florida.

There was only a 20 percent chance of weather cooperating on Sept. 27, according to Friday’s forecast from the Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron, which is responsible for determining whether the weather is suitable for the launch.

This particular experiment Artemis I,…

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