NASA confirms that the new launch attempt of 'Artemis 1' will be on Saturday

The mission does not carry a crew, instead there are dummies equipped with sensors that will record acceleration, vibration and radiation levels.

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NASA will make a second attempt to launch its powerful new rocket to the moon on Saturday, after calling off a test flight earlier in the week, an official said.

Liftoff was scheduled for Monday morning but was canceled because a test to get one of the rocket's four RS-25 engines up to temperature for launch was unsuccessful.

Mike Sarafin, manager of the Artemis 1 mission at NASA, announced the date for the new launch attempt - a key step in the US program to return astronauts to the Moon - at a press conference on Tuesday.

The target of Artemis 1, named for Apollo's twin sister, will test the 98-meter rocket with the Space Launch System and the crew-friendly Orion capsule at its top.

The mission does not carry a crew, instead there are dummies equipped with sensors that will record acceleration, vibration and radiation levels.

Tens of thousands of people, including US Vice President Kamala Harris, have gathered to watch the launch, which comes 50 years after the Apollo 17 astronauts last set foot on the moon.

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