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General rehearsal for Artemis I wet postponed to June

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(WHNT) – After multiple delays and weeks of repairs, Artemis I is now scheduled for a dress rehearsal in June, according to NASA.

On Friday, NASA said the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft would return to the Kennedy Space Center launch pad in Florida in early June for its next wetsuit rehearsal attempt. The last attempt at rehearsal in a wet suit dates back to April.

A wet dress rehearsal is called “wet” because it is a test of liquid propellant components such as liquid nitrogen and oxygen.

NASA officials said they have resolved many issues encountered during the last wet dress rehearsal, including a leaking liquid hydrogen system, a check valve in the helium gas system on the stage of cryogenic propulsion system (ICPS) and support hardware, modification of the ICPS umbilical purge boots and confirmation of no weather-related issues at the launch pad.

According to nasa.gov, officials expect the next wet dress rehearsal to take place 14 days after the rocket returns to the pad.

For the latest news on the Artemis I mission, click here.

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