Nasa calls off giant Moon rocket launch

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Nasa on Monday called off the launch of its mighty new moon rocket.

According to AFP, Nasa scrubbed the test flight because of a temperature issue with one of the four RS-25 engines.

Alternative dates for launch of the Artemis1 mission, an uncrewed flight around the Moon, are September 2 and September 5.

Nasa’s colossal next-generation megarocket was set for its long-awaited debut launch on Monday, on an uncrewed, six-week test flight around the moon and back, marking the first mission of the space agency’s Artemis program, the successor to Apollo.

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The 32-story-tall, two-stage Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion crew capsule were due for blast-off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.


The maiden voyage of the SLS-Orion — a mission dubbed ‘Artemis I’ — is intended to put the 5.75-million-pound vehicle through its paces in a rigorous demonstration flight which will push its design limits, before Nasa deems it reliable enough to carry astronauts.


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