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NASA targeting late summer launch for first Artemis moon rocket

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated June 25 with completion of HPU hot fire test. NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket on pad 39B earlier this year. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky With a series of practice countdowns complete, NASA managers said Friday the powerful Space Launch System rocket could be ready for its first test flight in late August or …

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NASA not planning another Artemis 1 countdown dress rehearsal

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket on Launch Complex 39B earlier this month. Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky NASA plans to return the first Space Launch System rocket to its assembly hangar at the Kennedy Space Center next week to continue preparations for liftoff on the Artemis 1 moon mission, foregoing another practice countdown after a test Monday …

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NASA tries again to complete moon rocket’s practice countdown

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION The moon hangs in the sky behind NASA’s Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System moon rocket on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center. Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky Countdown clocks began ticking Saturday for NASA’s fourth attempt to complete a dress-rehearsal countdown and fueling test of its Space …

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Photos: Artemis 1 rocket hauled to launch pad for another countdown rehearsal

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket rolls to pad 39B at sunrise on June 6. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket rolled out to pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center on June 6, preparing for another countdown rehearsal later this month to try loading cryogenic propellants into the massive launcher. …

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NASA teams ready SLS moon rocket for return to launch pad

NASA’s first Space Launch System moon rocket is set roll out to its launch pad early Monday at the Kennedy Space Center for another attempt later this month to fully load it with super-cold propellants, the culmination of a countdown rehearsal officials aim to complete before moving forward with launch later this summer. The towering …

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NASA hopeful about staging fourth moon rocket fueling test in early June

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket inside the Vehicle Assembly Building. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett Engineers are making progress resolving mostly ground-system problems that derailed three earlier attempts to fuel the agency’s new Space Launch System moon rocket for a dress rehearsal countdown. NASA managers said Thursday they’re hopeful …

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NASA’s moon rocket rolls back to Vehicle Assembly Building for repairs

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket arrives outside the Vehicle Assembly Building before dawn Tuesday. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now NASA rolled the giant new rocket for the Artemis 1 moon mission off the launch pad back inside the Vehicle Assembly Building before dawn Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, moving into the hangar for …

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Photos: Close-ups of NASA’s moon rocket on the launch pad

These images from pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center show NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket awaiting a rollback to the Vehicle Assembly Building for repairs. The photos were taken Thursday, April 21, as technicians prepared the 322-foot-tall (98-meter) rocket for rollback to the VAB to replace a faulty helium check valve on the …

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NASA preps for return of SLS moon rocket to hangar

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket on pad 39B Sunday. Credit: Spaceflight Now Ground teams moved a diesel-powered crawler-transporter underneath the Space Launch System moon rocket Sunday on pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, preparing the towering launcher for a return to the Vehicle Assembly Building for repairs. The rollback to the Vehicle Assembly Building …

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NASA plans to roll first Artemis moon rocket back to hangar next week

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket on pad 39B. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA will move its first giant Space Launch System moon rocket off the launch pad and back to its hangar at the Kennedy Space Center as soon as next Tuesday, giving teams an opportunity to resolve several problems discovered during three attempts to load …

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