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NASA sets new launch date for Artemis I moon rocket

KENEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — There are only a few more days until NASA will try again to launch its new moon rocket.

Watch: TIMELINE: NASA scrubs launch of Artemis I due to technical issues with engine

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft for its Artemis I mission are still on the launchpad Wednesday morning. But hopefully not for long.


Launch teams announced Tuesday night that NASA will try again to launch the SLS rocket on Saturday.

The new attempt window is at 2:17 p.m. Saturday during a busy Labor Day weekend.

NASA crews and engineers are still looking over technical issues in engine No. 3 that caused them to scrub Monday’s launch attempt.

Read: Artemis I: 9 things to know about NASA’s mission to return humans to the moon

NASA said a temperature sensor issue was the cause of the scrub, not a hydrogen leak.

Each of the rocket’s four engines has to get to negative 420 degrees Fahrenheit before launch and according to the data, engine No. 3 only reached the mid-300′s.

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NASA’s solution for the next launch attempt will be to start the engine cool down earlier, allowing more time to troubleshoot.

Watch more in the video above.

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Q Mccray

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Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.