Nasa dramatically aborts historic Artemis 1 Moon rocket launch after detecting a ‘crack’ just before launch

NASA was forced to halt its much-anticipated Artemis 1 lunar mission after encountering problems during the refueling phase.

Nasa communications said only that the launch had to be halted due to an “engine leak.”

NASA's Artemis 1 mission will no longer launch on August 29th


NASA’s Artemis 1 mission will no longer launch on August 29thPhoto credit: Zuma Press


US Space Agency Administrator Bill Nelson said, “We’re not launching until it’s right.”

He emphasized the importance of getting this unmanned test right and only starting when it is.

Nelson also had to inform US Vice President Kamala Harris of the canceled launch after she was invited to Kennedy Space Center to see it.

US astronaut Stan Love told journalists: “It looks like it will take a few more days. We don’t know exactly.”

He admitted that Nasa doesn’t know exactly what the problem was.

Love added, “We need to take a deep breath and wait for another opportunity.”

The launch of the giant Space Launch System rocket along with the Orion unmanned capsule and the European Service Module was halted hours before launch on Monday 29th.

Artemis I was originally scheduled to lift off at 8:33 am ET (1:33 pm BST) from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

A new launch time has not yet been determined, but Nasa will not launch today.

The mission will likely be pushed back to September 2nd or 5th.

When refueling began and a suspected leak was discovered, problems with the Space Launch System rocket began to appear.

Engineers discovered a possible crack in a core stage flange.

The launch had to be delayed this morning due to weather and refueling but has now been canceled entirely.

At one point, rocket engine number three was still too warm for launch, and engineers were desperate to cool it down.

Stormy weather already set the team back on Monday morning.

The current countdown is held at T-minus 40 minutes, with another scheduled countdown scheduled to occur at the 10 minute mark.

Corresponding Florida todayup to 500,000 went to Cape Canaveral in Florida to see the launch.

Those viewers may have to wait eight weeks for another launch if it doesn’t happen in early September.

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