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Nasa will fix the fuel leak on Artemis-1 moon rocket: report

Nasa will fix the fuel leak on Artemis-1 moon rocket: report

New Delhi: Nasa is planning to repair the leaks developed on its launch vehicle for the Artemis-1 mission to the Moon.

The much-awaited launch of the rocket was scrubbed after its quick disconnect developed a hydrogen leak, reports say.

Engineers will replace the seal on what they call the quick disconnect, an interface, and then the launch vehicle will be hauled back into the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB).

Hydrogen fuel was found to be leaking from the engine section at the bottom of the rocket, prompting engineers to stop the tanking operation as troubleshooting began on Saturday.

Taking it back to Vehicle Assembly Building, the Space Launch System (SLS) with the Orion spacecraft will undergo additional work that does not require the use of the cryogenic facilities available only at the pad.

Named after the twin sister of Apollo in Greek mythology, Nasa's Artemis program of lunar exploration harks back to its successful Apollo program that revolutionized space exploration.

The $4.1 billion test flight is the first step in Nasa's renewed lunar exploration.

The rocket will remain grounded until late September or early October waiting for a go-ahead for launch.

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