Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s lunar rocket is back on the pad for another launch attempt after further repairs.
The 322-foot (98-meter) rocket left the hangar at midnight and completed its 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) journey just after sunrise on Friday.
NASA is aiming for a November 14th launch attempt, sending an empty crew capsule around the moon and returning for dramatic flight tests before astronauts board it in a few years.
Forecasters keep an eye out for tropical weather that can interfere.
This is NASA’s biggest step to get astronauts back on the moon by 2025. NASA is about to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 17, the last manned moon landing in December 1972.
An early version of this rocket is shorter, but even more powerful than the Saturn V that sent the Apollo astronauts to the moon.
A fuel leak has kept the rocket grounded since August. Then Hurricane Ian pushed the rocket back into the Kennedy Space Center hangar at the end of her September. NASA used this time to make repairs and replace critical batteries.
NASA still doesn’t understand why hydrogen keeps leaking every time the rocket is refueled, but engineers are confident they can manage future leaks, said senior administrator Cliff Lanham. says.
Liftoff will occur in the early hours of the next three launch opportunities. NASA prefers daylight launches for test flights to capture as many photos as possible, but this is not required. NASA deputy administrator Jim Free said the radar and infrared cameras needed to provide sufficient coverage.
The $4.1 billion mission will last nearly a month and culminate in a water landing in the Pacific Ocean. It is equipped with test dummies for radiation and vibration measurements.
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