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The Artemis 1 moon rocket on the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

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in Florida on September 21, 2022, the day it passed a critical fueling test. 

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That's not to say everything went smoothly. But the crew was able to solve the problem; 

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they warmed up the fast disconnect, allowing it to "reseat," lowering the leak rate to acceptable levels.

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After the test, NASA officials said in a blog post (opens in new tab) that it "allowed engineers to calibrate

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the settings utilised for conditioning the engines during the terminal count and check timelines before launch day 

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to reduce schedule risk during the countdown on launch day." "I am quite pleased by 

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the test today and getting through all of our objectives," she continued. 

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If all goes well with Artemis 1, Artemis 2 will launch astronauts

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around the moon in 2024, and Artemis 3 will land near the lunar south pole a year or two later.

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