For the third time since the test run for NASA’s upcoming moon rocket Artemis I was scheduled, on Monday, the space agency had to cancel the event once again- this time due to hurricane Ian.
Adding to the weeks of delay of the lunar-orbiting test flight, on Monday, mission managers decided to return the rocket to its Kennedy Space Center hangar, due to the uncertainty brought in by the hurricane.
On September 3, NASA attempted to launch Artemis I but called it off after detecting a liquid hydrogen leak. The US space agency on August 30 scrubbed the mission launch for the first time owing to a technical glitch with one of the SLS rocket’s engines.
As of now, NASA isn’t speculating when the next launch attempt might be, but it could be off until November. The $4.1 Billion test flight will follow two of NASA’s successful missions from the Apollo moonshots of the 1960s and 1970s. In its test flight, no astronaut will onboard the capsule, but the second mission in 2024, will require passengers for a moon landing that’s scheduled for 2025.