SpaceX on Monday delayed the first test flight of its Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, designed to send astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond.
SpaceX officials said the giant rocket was canceled just minutes before its scheduled launch due to a pressure issue in the booster stage.
SpaceX said the launch would be delayed by at least 48 hours.
The Starship was scheduled to launch at 8:20 a.m. Central Time (1320 GMT) from Starbase, SpaceX’s port in Boca Chica, Texas.
NASA has selected the Starship to carry astronauts to the Moon in late 2025 – a mission known as Artemis III – for the first time since the Apollo program ended in 1972.
Starship consists of a 164-foot (50-meter) spacecraft designed to carry crew and cargo that sits atop a 230-foot first-stage booster rocket.
SpaceX officials said the flight was delayed due to a pressure issue with the Super Heavy booster.
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