Leading space agency NASA said that the upcoming attempt to launch Artemis I could be later this year as the team of the mission decided to pursue another launch of the spacecraft, CNN reported on Saturday.
It is expected that the executive team of the lunar mission will have a meeting next week to study the launching issues.
Jim Free, associate administrator for NASA’s Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate said: “”We will not be launching in this launch period,” adding: “We are not where we wanted to be.”
Yesterday, NASA stopped the launching of the spacecraft due to the small leak of the hydrogen liquid, and the space agency experts spent the whole morning to try to solve the issue.
NASA canceled the second attempt to launch the lunar space device due to the leak of the hydrogen liquid.
The lunar rocket was already set up on the core o the Space Launch System (SLS), however, the managers of the mission couldn’t solve the issue.
Artemis Mission Manager Mike Sarafin said: “This was not a manageable leak.”
NASA attempted to launch the lunar object last Monday, before it was faced by engine issues.
The space agency revealed that the engine issues that sparked during the previous launching were identified and fixed.
During the previous launching attempt, the directors of the mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida was postponed 40 minutes before the kickoff. They revealed that the sensor related to one of the four RS-25 engines on the stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) was not cooling well.
NASA tweeted after the failure of the process: “The launching of Artemis I is no longer happening today as the teams work through an issue with an engine bleed. Teams will continue to gather data, and we will keep you posted on the timing of the next launch attempt.”