NASA cancels $4.1 billion test flight for Artemis lunar mission

The Artemis 1 lunar mission was scrubbed for a second time – just hours before the scheduled launch on Saturday – as NASA technicians grappled with a hydrogen leak from the rocket’s highly combustible fuel system.

The next available launch opportunities won’t show up until Monday or Tuesday, that is, if engineers can find a solution to the dangerously recurring problem.

The $4.1 billion unmanned mission, part of the ongoing US effort to establish a moon base that could send humans to Mars, has been plagued with technical problems.

The leak began early Saturday as the agency attempted to fill its new 322-foot rocket with nearly 1 million gallons of supercooled hydrogen. The highly combustible throttle began leaking from the underside of the engine on Saturday, forcing engineers to scramble for a fix.

The unmanned mission was riddled with technical issues.
NASA Vehicle Assembly Building
The next available launch times won’t come until Monday or Tuesday.

NASA on Monday canceled its previous launch attempt, leaving its payload of three test dummies on the ground instead of sending them into orbit around the moon.


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