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Possible storm may delay Artemis 1 rocket launch

NASA Moon Rocket
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(CAPE CANAVERAL, FL) – There may be yet another delay to NASA’s new moon rocket launch. The launch has been delayed twice by fuel leaks, and now an approaching storm threatens to delay the launch scheduled for next week.

A tropical depression in the southern Caribbean is moving toward Florida and could become a major hurricane.

South Florida is in the cone of latest tropical depression

NASA’s new moon rocket Artemis 1 passed a crucial test on Wednesday and on managers  declared that the rocket is now ready to blast off.

A storm threat has the NASA team monitoring the forecast closely and they will make a decision no later than Saturday whether to not only delay the test flight, but haul the rocket off the pad and back to the hangar.

If they decide to put the rocket back on the hangar the lunch attempt could take place in October or November.

The preference is to remain at the launch pad and try for a Tuesday liftoff, “but there are still some uncertainties in the forecast,” said NASA’s Tom Whitmeyer, deputy associate administrator for exploration systems.