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NASA postpones debut test flight of next-generation moon megarocket

The countdown clock was halted about 40 minutes before the targeted launch time of 8:33 a.m. EDT

August 29, 2022 / 06:25 PM IST

NASA on Monday postponed for at least four days the launch of its colossal next-generation rocket ship on a long-awaited debut test flight, a planned six-week uncrewed voyage around the moon and back 50 years after Apollo's last lunar mission.

The countdown clock was halted about 40 minutes before the targeted launch time of 8:33 a.m. EDT (1233 GMT), as the 32-story-tall, two-stage Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion crew capsule awaited lift-off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The U.S. space agency cited a problem detected on one of the rocket's main engines, after launch teams had begun filling the rocket's core fuel tanks with super-cooled liquid oxygen and hydrogen propellants.

NASA did not give a new launch date but said its first available backup launch opportunity was set for Friday, Sept. 2.
Reuters
first published: Aug 29, 2022 06:25 pm
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