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Update: NASA postpones Artemis I rocket launch after engine issue

Today was supposed to be the first step in a journey that will conclude with the Artemis III moon landing in 2025.

Update: NASA postpones Artemis I rocket launch after engine issue
[CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – August 25: NASA’s Artemis I rocket sits on launch pad 39-B at Kennedy Space Center as it is prepared for an unmanned flight around the moon on August 25, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch is scheduled for Monday between 8:33am and 10:33am and would be the furthest into space any vehicle intended for humans has ever traveled before. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images]

Update Monday, 9:20 a.m. ET

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Bad news for spaceflight fans. NASA has now postponed this morning’s Artemis I launch after technical issues with the rocket’s launch. There’s a chance that the launch could be rescheduled for next weekend, but NASA still has to first figure out exactly what went wrong. You can read the space agency’s latest updates here.

Original story:

Today is a historic day for NASA. This morning, it is scheduled to launch the Artemis I rocket–marking the first stage of the agency’s return to the moon in 50 years.

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However, today’s flight will have no humans onboard the Artemis I. Instead, it will ferry cargo including dummies with fleshlike soft tissue that will be used to measure radiation exposure. Also on board will be an Amazon Alexa speaker, which is being included to see if Alexa can respond to commands issued from mission control back on earth.

NASA is livestreaming the Artemis I mission, too, so you can watch along as space history is made. Here are the pertinent details about the launch:

  • When does Artemis I launch? The Artemis I spacecraft will take off around 8:33 a.m. ET this morning, Monday, August 29, 2022. However, NASA is currently saying that the launch time could “slip” a bit.
  • When does the Artemis I live stream start? NASA is livestreaming the launch event already. The agency started the live stream at 6:30 a.m. ET.
  • Is it worth watching the livestream before the launch? Yeah, it’s pretty interesting. At the time of this writing, you can see NASA filling the rockets with liquid oxygen fuel.
  • What languages can I watch the Artemis I launch in? NASA is providing the livestream of the launch in both English and Spanish.
  • Where can I watch the Artemis I launch livestream? You can check out NASA’s livestream in English here on NASA’s site, and you can watch the livestream in Spanish here on NASA’s site. The Spanish livestream does not begin until 7:30 a.m. ET. NASA’s YouTube channel livestream is also embedded below, so you can watch it live on this page.

As exciting as the Artemis I launch is, it’s just the first step in NASA’s plans for returning to the moon. The Artemis II, which is scheduled to launch in 2024, will have not just cargo, but human astronauts on board. If all goes well, humans are set to step foot on the moon again in 2025 with the Artemis III mission.

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