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LIVE UPDATES: NASA scrubs 2nd attempt to launch Artemis I moon rocket

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — NASA has scrubbed a second attempt at launching its Artemis I moon rocket on Saturday. Read live updates below:


11:19 a.m. update

After more discussion with the launch team, Artemis Launch Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson has agreed with the recommendation of “no go” for launch.

The team tried three times to fix a leak in a hydrogen tank during fueling.

NASA’s original backup date is Monday, Labor Day, but they have not said if that will continue on that schedule. NASA is planning a briefing later today.

11:05 a.m. update

Launch Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson wants to hold for now and discuss additional options before scrubbing the launch this afternoon.

11:00 a.m. update

Attempts to fix the leak have not worked. The team has recommended a “no go” for launch and now waiting on Launch Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson to make the final decision.

10:30 a.m. update

The third attempt did not work to fix the leak. They continue to slowly fill the liquid hydrogen tank manually. The team is going over the next steps.

NASA mission control has been providing updates about every 25-30 minutes on the progress.

10:00 a.m. update

Artemis team has been given the go to try an alternate plan to try and fix the leak in a hydrogen tank. This would be the third attempt this morning to fix the problem.

9:45 a.m. update

NASA Artemis engineers are still troubleshooting a leak detected in a hydrogen tank. Attempts to pressurize the line with helium to fix the leak did not work. NASA officials discussing their next steps.

8:45 a.m. update

Saturday morning has been filled with some tank fueling delays.

The first happened around 7:30 a.m. when a fuel leak was detected. The team continued with a slow fuel and by 8:19 a.m. officials reported they were back at full speed.

7:30 a.m. update

NASA stopped fueling as a leak was detected by engineers. The launch team started troubleshooting the issue, by warming up the area of the leak.

7:00 a.m. update

“Go” to fuel was given this morning by Launch Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson.

There was a brief delay in fueling due to a pressure alarm just before 7 a.m. That alarm was cleared and engineers continued fueling the tanks with liquid hydrogen.

NASA officials said weather is 60% favorable in the early part of the launch window, but should improve to 80% in the second hour.

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