NASA to Delays Launch of Moon Rocket Due to Fuel Leaks
After experiencing numerous fueling leaks and challenges getting one of the booster engines chilled to the proper temperature for liftoff, the U.S. space agency, NASA, decided to postpone the planned launch of a new rocket and crew capsule on Monday. This rocket and crew capsule is intended to eventually send astronauts back to the moon. NASA may try the launch again on Friday if the issues are fixed.
Following the Artemis I launch scrub Monday from Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the agency will hold a media briefing at approximately 1 p.m. EDT today, Monday, Aug. 29, to discuss mission status.
The briefing will livestream on NASA Television, the agency’s app, and on the agency’s website. Artemis I is a flight test to launch NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and an uncrewed Orion spacecraft around the Moon before the Artemis II mission with astronauts aboard.The approximately two-day countdown for launch began Saturday, Aug. 27, and was waved off Monday after encountering an issue getting one of the four RS-25 engines on the bottom of the rocket’s core stage to the proper temperature range for liftoff.
Through Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon, paving the way for a long-term lunar presence and serving as a steppingstone to send astronauts to Mars.For updates, follow along on NASA’s Artemis blog at: https://blogs.nasa.gov/artemis