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Launch of Artemis 1 moon rocket delayed to Sept. 27 at the earliest

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

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

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