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Artemis I launch scrubbed as engine problem defies fast fix

NASA was forced to scrub the planned Aug. 29 launch of the Artemis I Orion capsule from Kennedy Space Center due to problems with the rocket engine. (Video: Reuters)
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA scrubbed the much-anticipated first flight of its Space Launch System rocket on Monday after a series of problems with the rocket and the fueling procedures could not be resolved quickly.

The space agency had been planning to launch the massive rocket and the Orion spacecraft, without any astronauts on board, on a trajectory toward the moon as part of its Artemis program. Now it will stand down and reassess problems with the complicated vehicle that has suffered delays and setbacks for years.

Mike Sarafin, NASA’s Artemis mission manager, told reporters after the scrub that NASA hopes to try again Friday, but would make that decision after spending more time reviewing the data. NASA is expected to give another update Tuesday evening.