Sep 03, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
N.A.S.A.’s new moon rocket has sprung another fuel leak.
The problem cropped up at daybreak Saturday as the Florida launch team began loading nearly 1 million gallons of fuel into the 322-foot rocket.
Within minutes, a hydrogen fuel leak was detected around the engine section at the bottom of the rocket.
Launch controllers tried to plug Saturday’s leak by stopping and restarting the flow of super-cold liquid hydrogen.
But the leak persisted, and the launch director finally halted the countdown.
There’s no word yet on when NASA might try again.
After Tuesday, a two-week launch blackout period kicks in.
N.A.S.A. is trying to send an empty crew capsule around the moon, pushing it to the limit before astronauts climb aboard, with the hopes of a live-crew lunar landing in 2025.
Astronauts last walked on the moon 50 years ago.