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NASA postpones Artemis I rocket launch ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole

NASA Moon Rocket
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(CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA) — NASA announced Tuesday evening the scheduled launch for Artemis 1 would be delayed ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole.

The Artemis I launch has experienced countless detainments since August, ranging from fuel leaks to weather concerns.

The strength of Hurricane Ian garnered the rocket to be placed back at the Kennedy Space Center to the hangar September 24.

Tropical Storm Nicole is projected to hit Florida’s east coast as a Category 1 hurricane late Wednesday morning.

NASA said the rocket, constructed to withstand high winds and heavy rains, is being kept at the launch pad, even though the space center is under a hurricane warning.

The Artemis program aims to plant humans back on the moon, eventually paving the way for missions to Mars.