(CAPE CANAVERAL, FL)– As Hurricane Ian threatens Florida, NASA has called off the planned Tuesday launch of their new Artemis I rocket and will roll it back to the safety of the Vehicle Assembly Building.
A new launch date has not yet been announced.
Although the primary threat from Ian is to Florida’s west coast mission managers determined the weather around Kennedy Space Center may pose a threat to the moon rocket.
The move also allows NASA workers to prepare their homes and families for possible impacts from Ian according to an agency blog post.
The Artemis mission has been beset by numerous weather and technical delays since the first attempted launch on August 29.
Artemis is the NASA program to return humans to the moon for the first time since 1972.