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Coronavirus delays work on NASA's moon rocket and capsule

NASA's Mobile Launcher rolls toward Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center Fla. in June. File NASA's Mobile Launcher rolls toward Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center Fla. in June. File
Sandy Nunez | 21 March, 2020, 00:48

Reports from earlier in the year had pegged the launch window for May, with the possibility that SpaceX and NASA could move that to as early as April, or as late as June, depending on the preparedness of the spacecraft and crew.

The Space Launch System rocket, which will eventually launch Orion towards the Moon, is being built at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

The US now has more than 11,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including once known case at NASA's Stennis Space Center.

The announcement was made by NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine in a blog post which talks about how NASA is handling the Coronavirus situation.

"We realise there will be impacts to NASA missions, but as our teams work to analyse the full picture and reduce risks we understand that our top priority is the health and safety of the NASA workforce", Mr Bridenstine added.

The Kennedy Space Center in Florida is fully operational but could be closed if the virus continues to spread.

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The test is highly significant as it's meant to pave the way for the SLS's inaugural launch that is slated to happen in 2021. At present, NASA has placed all of its facilities on a "Stage 3" advisory level, which dictates that all employees, except those who need to be physically present for mission-related activity, are expected to work remotely.

The coronavirus has dealt a blow to NASA's plan to return Americans to the moon by 2024, as the space agency chief on Thursday ordered the temporary closure of two rocket production facilities after an employee tested positive for the illness.

NASA's Artemis program aims to bring the first woman and the next man to the moon.

The spacecraft will be launched atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The space office as of now finds a way to defend space explorers' wellbeing before they dispatch, including a fourteen-day isolate and review of provisions for organisms.

The orders essentially put the brakes on NASA's accelerated timetable for returning astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, an achievement viewed as a stepping stone to human exploration of Mars. But this shutdown will temporarily halt the development of the SLS launch vehicle and Orion crew vehicle at these facilities.

Eventually NASA seeks to establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon by 2028 as a result of the Artemis mission.