NASA once again cancels the launch of its Artemis mission

NASA on Saturday canceled the long-awaited launch of its Space Launch System rocket and its Orion capsule, following a fuel leak.

The US space agency decided to cancel the launch after a fuel leak during refueling.

Mission controllers attempted to fix the leak several times, but to no avail.

This new setback follows a failed attempt last Monday due to technical problems.

This mission was to mark the very first flight of the American program to return to the Moon, dubbed Artemis.

Artemis 1, which will be done without astronauts on board, aims to test the rocket and the capsule to ensure that they can transport a crew safely to the Moon, from 2024.

In 2024, the Artemis 2 mission will carry astronauts to orbit around the Moon, without landing there.

For its part, the crew of Artemis 3, a mission scheduled for 2025 at the earliest, should land on the Moon.

The last time humans landed on the moon was on Apollo 17 in 1972.

The Artemis program plans to send the first woman and the first person of color to the Moon.

This NASA-led program relies on international collaboration, including the European Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and several commercial partners.

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