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Hurricane Ian prompts NASA to move its lunar rocket off the launch pad and into shelter, adding weeks of delay to the test flight around the moon.

Mission managers decided Monday to return the rocket to its Kennedy Space Center hangar, known as the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The 6.5 km journey will begin on Monday night and may take 12 hours.

The space station was on the edge of the hurricane’s cone of uncertainty. The latest forecast showed no improvement and the managers decided to play it safe. NASA has already delayed a planned launch this week as the storm approaches.

NASA has not speculated when the next launch attempt will be, but it could be held off until November. Managers will evaluate their options once the 98-meter Space Launch System rocket is safely back in the hangar.

A pair of launch attempts in late August and early September were thwarted by hydrogen fuel leaks and other technical problems.

A $4.1 billion test flight from the Apollo moonshots of the 1960s and 1970s will begin NASA’s return to the moon. No one will be in the crew’s capsule for the launch event. Astronauts – including a Canadian – will arrive for a second mission in 2024, leading to two people landing on the moon in 2025.

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