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NASA’s Artemis 1 rocket launch hinges on fueling test on Sept. 21

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NASA is just days away from a key fueling test of its new megarocket that may make or break the space agency’s chances of launching its Artemis 1 mission to the moon next week.

The fueling test, which NASA will attempt on Wednesday (Sept. 21), will test repairs of two hydrogen leaks on the rocket, called the Space Launch System, as well as a new, slower way to fuel up the 32-story booster at Pad 389A of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. If all goes well, NASA make its third attempt to launch the Artemis 1 SLS rocket to the moon on Sept. 27 after two false starts in recent weeks.

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