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Artemis I mission faces weeks of delay after launch is scrubbed

In a press conference on Sept. 3, 2022, NASA officials explained that a large leak in the Artemis I rocket's fueling process caused the launch to be cancelled. (Video: The Washington Post)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It may be several weeks before NASA can attempt to launch its massive Space Launch System moon rocket after it was unable to control what agency’s officials described as a large, unmanageable hydrogen leak that forced them to cancel a second flight on Saturday.

Agency officials said they believe it is likely they will have to roll the rocket back to its assembly building to make repairs after two unsuccessful attempts to launch it on a maiden test flight that would loft the uncrewed Orion spacecraft to the moon.

The decision follows another day of disappointment for the space agency, which had been hoping finally to launch the rocket after years of delays and setbacks and mark a significant milestone toward return astronauts to the surface of the moon.