NASA still investigating Orion heat shield issues from Artemis 1 moon mission

Earlier this year, NASA announced it had delayed until September 2025 the crewed Artemis 2 swingby of the moon, a practice run to prepare for 2026’s Artemis 3 mission, which will land astronauts near the lunar south pole.

One reason cited for the 10-month delay was getting to the bottom of reentry heat shield data from Artemis 1, which sent an uncrewed Orion capsule to lunar orbit and back. 


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