By the editor
Lhe stars seemed to be gradually aligning for the launch of NASA’s new rocket to the moon on Saturday, thanks to encouraging weather forecasts and the resolution of technical problems that caused a postponement of the launch earlier this week.
The chance of favorable weather during this shooting window is 60%.
The Atémis 1 mission is a test flight without an astronaut on board. This will be the first take-off of the SLS rocket, which has been in development for more than a decade to become the most powerful in the world.
The first launch of the SLS rocket, for the Artemis 1 mission, promises to be spectacular, as it is the most powerful rocket ever built by the American space agency.
The Kennedy Space Center, from where it will be fired, is closed to the public, but spectators will be able to see it rise in the sky and hear its roar from the surrounding beaches in particular.
On Monday, a first launch attempt was canceled at the last moment due to technical problems. The local authorities then expected 100,000 to 200,000 visitors.
Take-off should take place at 2:17 p.m. local time (8:17 p.m. Belgian time) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but it remains possible during the following two hours if necessary.