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Leak Ruins NASA Moon Rocket Launch Bid; Next Try Weeks Away

NASA's new moon rocket, in Cape Canaveral, Sept. 3.

NASA's new moon rocket, in Cape Canaveral, Sept. 3.

Photographer: Chris O'Meara/AP Photo

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Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP) -- NASA’s new moon rocket sprang another dangerous fuel leak Saturday, forcing launch controllers to call off their second attempt this week to send a crew capsule into lunar orbit with test dummies. The inaugural flight is now off for weeks, if not months.

The previous try on Monday at launching the 322-foot (98-meter) Space Launch System rocket, the most powerful ever built by NASA, was also troubled by hydrogen leaks, though they were smaller. That was on top of leaks detected during countdown drills earlier in the year.