NASA Artemis 1 Rocket slightly damaged by Hurricane Nicole
NASA said its new mega-lunar rocket — Artemis 1 — suffered no major damage after Hurricane Nicole made landfall in its Florida home.
Free added that further checks would be carried out to confirm the initial assessment. NASA had previously said the rocket was designed to withstand heavy rainfall and high winds.
The $4.1 billion mission will send an empty crew capsule around the moon and back before astronauts ascend in years to come. Through this mission, NASA hopes to put astronauts back on the moon by 2025. The program aims to increase women’s participation in space exploration. 30 percent of their engineers are women.
The space agency is approaching the 50th anniversary of its last manned moon landing in December 1972. In the meantime, NASA will cover pre- and post-launch events in full once the mission gets the green light.
Nicole was previously downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm as it moved inland from the coast Thursday. It was declared a hurricane on Wednesday when it first made landfall on Grand Bahama Island.
In preparation for any eventuality, state officials opened 15 shelters across the region, activated 600 National Guard troops and put 1,600 workers on standby.