Space: Another "Artemis" launch attempt on Tuesday


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Another "Artemis" launch attempt on Tuesday

the "Artemis I" at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.  Photo: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via ZUMA Press/dpa/archive image

The "Artemis I" at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. photo

© Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via ZUMA Press/dpa/archive image

NASA wants to stick to the schedule for another launch attempt for the "Artemis" moon mission. However, the chances of a start on Tuesday are slim.

The US Space Agency NASA wants to hold on to another launch attempt on Tuesday for the problem-plagued moon mission "Artemis" for the time being - however, the weather could make another postponement necessary.

Due to an approaching hurricane, the chance that the weather conditions would allow a launch is currently only 20 percent, NASA said at a press conference.

A final decision should be made at the weekend. Another window provides for a launch of the unmanned rocket between October 17th and 31st. A leak occurred again during a tank test on Wednesday. Nevertheless, the test was completed as planned and all goals were achieved, according to NASA. About three weeks ago there were two starting attempts of the unmanned rocket failed - among other things because of a leaking tank hose.

The rocket system was then initially returned to the hangar at the spaceport Cape Canaveral brought in the US state of Florida. Problems had also arisen in earlier "Artemis" tests, which ultimately resulted in a significant delay in the project.

It is now initially about an unmanned test flight to the moonbut with the program named after the Greek goddess of the moon, US astronauts are supposed to land on the moon again in a few years.

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