Will the third time be the charm?
The demonstration test will allow NASA to confirm the repair to a hydrogen leak seen during an early September Artemis I launch attempt, evaluate updated propellant loading procedures and conduct additional evaluations.
NASA delayed attempted launches of the Artemis I moon rocket on August 29 and September 3.
A liquid hydrogen leak postponed the launch on September 3.
The first launch attempt was called off on August 29 after the launch team discovered several issues.
NASA has tentatively scheduled a third launch attempt date for September 27.
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville developed the rocket, and Boeing was the prime contractor for the design and production. An audit by NASA's Office of Inspector General last year listed the cost to taxpayers for all three Artemis missions at an "unsustainable" $93 billion.
Artemis I will eventually take humans back to the moon. NASA also plans to use the rocket for the first human trip to Mars.
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