NASA targets February launch for Artemis 1 mission on its 1st first moon rocket since Apollo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is now targeting early next year for the maiden launch of its next megarocket: the Space Launch System. 

The behemoth moon rocket, the first since the Apollo program, is months behind schedule (it was initially slated to launch in November) but could now potentially fly Feb. 12 if its final tests go well, NASA officials said Friday (Oct. 22). That’s when the first launch window opens for its uncrewed Artemis 1 mission around the moon, they said.

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