NASA is heading back to the moon in the hopes of setting up a colony there.
But this endeavour – called Artemis – has been beset by delays and the spacecraft remains firmly on the ground.
A launch window will be available on 14 November, and NASA says it’s ready to launch.
But there’s also a potential hurricane developing off the Florida coast.
So, what’s going on? Why hasn’t it launched yet, and is NASA really ready to go back to the Moon?
UPDATE: Since this episode was recorded, NASA has pushed the Artemis launch back by two days due to a tropical storm off the Florida coast.
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Originally published by Cosmos as Is Artemis ready to go to the Moon?
Matthew Agius is a science writer for Cosmos Magazine.
Dr Sophie Calabretto is a mathematician specialising in fluid mechanics. She is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University and Honorary Associate Professor, at the ACE Research Group, University of Leicester.
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