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Storm Ian Delays Launch of Nasa's Moon Rocket
Storm Ian Delays Launch of Nasa's Moon Rocket

Storm Ian Delays Launch of Nasa's Moon Rocket

Florida, 25 Sep (ONA) --- The launch of Nasa's most-powerful ever rocket has been delayed due to a tropical storm which could become a hurricane.

Artemis I Moon rocket was expected to launch from the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, this Tuesday.

But the US state faces a hurricane threat as tropical storm Ian has strengthened and could approach Florida early next week as a major hurricane.

The launch of the rocket had already been postponed twice, BBC news reported.

The Space Launch System (SLS) vehicle is designed to send astronauts and their equipment back to the Moon after an absence of 50 years.

Its first launch failed at the end of August due to technical glitches, while a second attempt at the start of September was hampered by a fuel leak.

A decision on whether to return the rocket to its assembly site is due to be taken by the Artemis I team on Sunday.

The space agency wants to send the unmanned capsule Orion around the back of the Moon, ahead of journeys with humans aboard. Nasa hopes that by 2025 it will be able to send astronauts back to the lunar surface.

--- Ends/Khalid