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Artemis 1 rocket returns to Vehicle Assembly Building after testing(5 images)

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket Artemis 1 has been performing prelaunch tests. When these tests revealed errors, engineers decided to move the rocket back to the Vechicle Assembly Building (VAB) for repairs and replacements.

The rocket will be moved back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) after failing some of its prelaunch testing. Failing to make the June launch window, the date will be pushed back to late June or early July. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
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NASA teams plan to replace a faulty upper stage check valve, as well as address a nitrogen issue that cropped up on the vehicle during one of its attempts to practice launch day procedures during the wet dress rehearsal. The massive rocket system is designed to return humans to the moon in a few years. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
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NASA plans to return to the moon with the help of SLS, a heavy-lift rocket that's been in development for more than a decade and so far has cost the agency $30 billion. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
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The rocket is currently preparing for its maiden flight, called Artemis-1, which will see it fly around the moon. This mission will provide data on how the craft's systems work in order to achieve the ultimate goal of the Artemis missions: to land on the moon. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
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