NASA’s Artemis I moon rocket launch cancelled

On Monday morning, the launch of the first US rocket in 50 years that may have sent people to the moon was postponed due to last-minute issues with an engine cooling system.

At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where Apollo 17, the last US trip to the moon, was launched, launch pad 39B was where the 322-foot-tall Space Launch System rocket was scheduled to take off.

After NASA investigated a number of last-minute issues, including one with one of the hydrogen “bleed” lines needed to cool the engines before ignition, the launch, scheduled for 8.33am local time, was first delayed and then cancelled.

There are backup launch windows open for a second try on Friday and a third launch opportunity on Monday.

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