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NASA Scrubs First Test Flight of Moon Rocket After Engine Fault

  • Space agency cited temperature problem behind delayed launch
  • Uncrewed Artemis I mission to pave way for return to moon
Workers continue to prepare NASA’s Artemis I rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida. 

Workers continue to prepare NASA’s Artemis I rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida. 

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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NASA delayed the debut launch of its new massive rocket due to an issue with one of its engines, dealing a temporary blow to the space agency’s plan to return to the lunar surface.

With Vice President Kamala Harris in attendance at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center and a global audience watching online, the uncrewed Artemis I mission was called off at 8:34 a.m., one minute after its originally scheduled liftoff time.