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Launch of Artemis 1 lunar rocket postponed to September 27 at the earliest

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket will be grounded for at least four more days.

NASA had been eyeing September 23 or 27 for the launch of Artemis 1, which will use a Space Launch System (SLS) mega-rocket to send an Orion capsule on an uncrewed test flight into lunar orbit. But the agency announced in a blog post on Monday evening (September 12) that the earlier date was no longer in play; it is now targeting September 27 for liftoff of Artemis 1, with a possible backup date of October 2.

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