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NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket passes fueling test

NASA Moon Rocket
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(CAPE CANAVERAL, FL) — Following two failed attempts to launch Artemis 1 on Aug. 29 and Sept.3, it looks like Artemis 1 may be ready to launch soon.

On Wednesday (Sept. 21) the Artemis 1 team performed a crucial fueling test and passed. The main reason the launch was scrubbed on two occasions was due to a leak.  The team has managed to bring it down to manageable levels, and all objectives were met during Wednesday’s test according to Space.com. NASA officials said “teams are fine-tuning procedures for the next launch opportunity, targeted for no earlier than Sept. 27.”

Artemis 1 is the first mission of NASA’s Artemis program of moon exploration. It will use an SLS megarocket to launch an uncrewed Orion capsule on a long journey to lunar orbit and back.

NASA is set to provide a press briefing providing an update about its Artemis 1 moon mission today (Sept. 23), and you can listen live: