Artemis I launch updates: NASA announces new launch date will be Saturday

It comes after the launch was scrubbed Monday due to an engine problem.

ByMary Kekatos ABC logo
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
NASA scrubs launch of moon rocket Artemis 1 due to engine problem
NASA called off the launch of its mighty new moon rocket on its debut flight with three test dummies aboard Monday after a last-minute cascade of problems culminating in unexplaine

NASA kicked off Monday its plan to send an unmanned space capsule into the moon's orbit, marking the initial launch in an ambitious plan to establish a long term presence on the moon for scientific discovery and economic development.

The space capsule, called Artemis I, will travel for roughly 40 days -- reaching as close as 60 miles from the moon, and then 40,000 miles above the moon when orbiting over its dark side -- before landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego.

After the launch was scrubbed, the next attempt will occur Sept. 3.