The launch of the Artemis 1 lunar rocket has been delayed until September 27 at the earliest

NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar rocket will remain on the ground for at least four more days.

NASA had been considering September 23 or 27 for the launch of Artemis 1, which will use a space launch system (SLS) megarocket to send an Orion capsule on an uncrewed test flight to lunar orbit. But the agency announced in a blog post on Monday night (Sept. 12) that the earlier date is no longer in play; it is now targeting September 27 for liftoff of Artemis 1, with a possible backup date of October 2.

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