NASA To Fuel Artemis 1  Launch Slips To August

Moon Rocket In June As

NASA Will Take Its Fourth Crack

At fueling up its Artemis 1 moon rocket in June that, if all goes according to plan, could set the stage for its first launch in August.

The Artemis 1 Stack

— A huge Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with an Orion crew capsule on top — 

— Rolled Out To Pad 39B At NASA's

Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida in mid-March for its "wet dress rehearsal," a crucial series of tests that includes fueling up the SLS.

The Wet Dress Began On

April 1 and was supposed to wrap up two days later. But the Artemis 1 team encountered several problems.

Including A Stuck Valve On The

Mobile launch tower and a hydrogen leak in one of the "umbilical" lines, which delayed and ultimately halted the wet dress after three fueling attempts.

If All Goes Well With Artemis 1

Artemis 2 will send astronauts around the moon in 2024 and Artemis 3 will land a crew near the lunar south pole.

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