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NASA to attempt crucial test of Artemis 1 moon rocket on June 19

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NASA plans to take another crack at a crucial fueling test of its Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket on June 19.

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SLS will make its debut on the upcoming Artemis 1 mission, which will send an uncrewed Orion capsule on a journey around the moon.

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But before Artemis 1 can lift off, its SLS and Orion need to complete a crucial series of prelaunch tests known as a "wet dress rehearsal."

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In a call with reporters on Friday afternoon (May 27), NASA officials announced that they plan to start rolling the Artemis 1 out from the huge Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida

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It won't be Artemis 1's first rollout. NASA's first run at an Artemis 1 wet dress began on April 1, about two weeks after the moon rocket initially rolled out from the VAB.

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Following a similar timeline for vehicle checkouts at the pad this time around, NASA officials said they expect to begin the roughly 48-hour wet dress on June 19.

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