The launch of NASA’s monthly CAPSTONE campaign has been delayed for at least two more days until Monday (June 27).
The CAPSTONE-sized microwave oven will head to the moon over a Rocket Lab Electron car, which will take off from the company’s launch site in New Zealand.
NASA and Rocket Lab were expected to launch on Saturday (June 25), but it has been postponed to allow further Electron tests, NASA officials said in a brief review last night (June 22).
If all goes according to plan, CAPSTONE will launch on Monday at 5:50 a.m. EDT (0950 GMT) and arrive on the moon on November 13. NASA officials said that day of arrival would remain the same regardless of when CAPSTONE leaves. ; set of the machine line design. CAPSTONE presentation window lasts until July 27.
55-pounds (25 kilograms) CAPSTONE will not last for a month. Its primary purpose is to ensure the stability of the near rectilinear halo orbit (NRHO) orbiting the moon – the most elliptical method that no space has ever taken.
NASA plans to put its space station Gateway – an integral part of NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program – on the NRHO of the moon, with CAPSTONE tasked with exploring it.
The cube will also conduct other navigation and communication tests, some of which coincide with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling the Earth’s closest neighbor for more than a decade.