NASA cancels launch due to fuel leaks


NASA’s Artemis I mission, which was scheduled to launch on Monday to take an Orion capsule with three test dummies to and from the Moon, was canceled due to chronic fuel leaks and an engine problem in recent preparations.

The next flight window from Kennedy Space Center in Florida is Friday if NASA determines the rocket was ready. NASA officials were scheduled to hold a briefing on the way forward at 1 p.m. Eastern Time today.

“Safety is always first,” NASA tweeted. “Following today’s #Artemis I launch attempt, @NASAArtemis teams are working on an issue with engine number 3 and plan to give a press briefing later today.”

NASA struggled to fuel the rocket with nearly 1 million gallons of hydrogen and oxygen due to a leak of highly explosive hydrogen, a problem that also erupted during testing last spring.


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