NASA identifies additional issues in fourth wet dress rehearsal for Artemis 1 rocket

Source: United Press International

“NASA’s fourth attempt Monday to complete a practice launch day exercise for its uncrewed moon rocket Artemis 1 could be running into trouble after a small grass fire at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The wet dress rehearsal comes after three failed attempts in April, forcing contractors to fix hardware and update software on the spacecraft. NASA said Monday there are three new issues under evaluation, including a ‘small grass fire’ near the hydrogen flare stack at launch pad 39B, as well as a possible hydrogen leak in a quick disconnect on the SLS core stage. NASA needs a successful test to complete the data needed to set an official launch date, which could come later this summer.” [editor’s note: Why not just give up and use the Falcon Heavy? – TLK] (06/20/22)