Lightning strikes the Artemis 1 rocket launch pad during testing

Lightning strikes the Artemis 1 rocket launch pad during testing
Lightning strikes the Artemis 1 rocket launch pad during testing

Lightning has struck the launch pad of NASA’s giant Artemis 1 moon rocket several times, but the rocket is in good health and is on its way to a critical test, as four lightning strikes hit the area around the launch pad 39Bwhich undergoes the first space launch system (SLS) from NASA for a three-day refueling test.

According to the website,spaceIn the American, the test is known as an important rehearsal Artemis 1 to the Moon later this year, the rocket is also shielded from lightning with three turrets and a chain-wire structure to divert strikes to Earth away from the booster.

NASA officials wrote in a late update that the first three strikes were relatively low-energy events, but the fourth strike, which hit the “first tower” of the lightning protection system, was stronger.

Jeremy Parsons, Vice President of Inc Exploration Ground Systems At NASA, who tweeted about the test for the agency: “One of the strikes last night was the strongest we’ve seen since we installed our new lightning protection system.”

Parsons added, “I hit a chain wire running between the three towers, and the system performed very well and kept safe. SLS And the Orion.

Parsons explained that NASA has upgraded the lightning protection system for Pad 39B To include better protection against strikes and better electrical disconnection to the launchers, and that each of its towers was surmounted by a fiberglass mast and catenary wires to divert lightning away from the missile and its service structure.

NASA will also provide an update on the results of the fuel supply test Artemis 1 At a press conference on Monday (April 4) at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT).

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