NASA on Monday called off the launch of the Artemis I mission to the moon because of technical issues with one of its engines, a setback for the agency’s most powerful rocket ever built. The mission will be a major step in a longer-term plan to take astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972.
The unmanned launch was set to be the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS), a 322-foot-tall rocket, and the Orion spacecraft that will carry a human crew in future missions to the moon.
The European Space Agency, Jacobs Engineering Group (J) and the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed and Boeing, also participated in building the spacecraft.
The next possible launch date for the Artemis rocket is Sept. 2.
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