What do not they need us to see?
No Photos, Please
Multiple house reporters mentioned on Twitter that the company had despatched them a message telling them they had been prohibited from photographing the Artemis 1 launch tower after the liftoff.
“NASA didn’t present a motive,” Eric Berger, Ars Technica‘s senior house editor, tweeted. The reporter added that in keeping with his sources, the ban was apparently an try to avoid wasting face after the launch broken the tower.
“So now sources are saying that sure, Launch Complex-39B tower was broken throughout the Artemis I launch on Wednesday morning,” Berger tweeted. “Basically, there have been leaks and harm the place there weren’t alleged to be leaks and harm.”
Later, Washington Post house reporter Christian Davenport posted a statement from NASA that appeared to corroborate Berger’s sources, although he emphasised that there was “no phrase on harm” to the launch pad.
“Because of the present state of the configuration, there are [International Traffic in Arms Regulations license] restrictions and images will not be permitted presently,” the assertion given to Davenport learn. “There is also a launch particles across the pad as anticipated, and the group is presently assessing.”
Whatever NASA’s reasoning, it is fairly clear that the company would not need unapproved images of its expensive and overdue Space Launch System rocket going out to the general public. NASA loves optimistic publicity, it appears — however not unfavorable.
More on the Artemis 1 launch: NASA Says It’s Fine That Some Pieces May Have Fallen Off Its Moon Rocket During Launch