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NASA will make another attempt to launch Artemis Moon Rocket on Saturday

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NASA will make another attempt to launch the Artemis moon rocket on Saturday, the space agency’s Artemis Mission Manager Mike Sarafin said, as per media reports. 

“We also agreed to move our launch date to Saturday, September the third,” Sarafin as quoted by Sputnik News Agency said on Tuesday. 

On Monday, NASA called off a planned test flight of the Artemis rocket around the moon after a series of setbacks including an engine issue, a hydrogen leak, and stormy weather off the coast of Florida .

“The launch of Artemis I is no longer happening today as teams work through an issue with an engine bleed. Teams will continue to gather data, and we will keep you posted on the timing of the next launch attempt,” NASA said in a tweet. 

“The launch of Artemis I is no longer happening today as teams work through an issue with an engine bleed. Teams will continue to gather data, and we will keep you posted on the timing of the next launch attempt,” NASA said in a tweet. 

“The countdown clock is on a hold at T-40 minutes. The hydrogen team of the @NASA_SLS rocket is discussing plans with the #Artemis I launch director,” NASA added. 

 NASA had planned to launch the Artemis I mission on Monday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, sending the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule on a more than month-long journey around the moon.

NASA said that the launch is on unplanned hold. “Launch is currently in an unplanned hold as the team works on an issue with engine number 3 on the @NASA_SLS core stage,” the US space agency said.

 The teams are evaluating why the bleed test to condition the engines was not successful. Engineers are looking at options to gather as much data as possible. 

The Artemis I rocket and spacecraft are in stable, safe condition.

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