NASA delays moon missions after critical fuel leak stalled Artemis mission

NASA announced it was delaying two major moon missions on Tuesday. The news comes after the latest Artemis launch resulted in a critical fuel leak.

The space agency is now expected to launch Artemis II in September 2025, which will be the first crewed Artemis mission around the Moon. Artemis III’s launch is now planned for September 2026. 

A full moon is seen behind the Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft, atop the mobile launcher, are prepared for a wet dress rehearsal to practice timelines and procedures for launch, at Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 14, 2022. On Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, NASA said astronauts will have to wait until 2025 before flying to the moon and another few years before landing on it. (Cory Huston/NASA via AP)

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