NASA delays debut launch of $23 billion moon rocket and capsule

NASA delays debut launch of $  23 billion moon rocket and capsuleBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon, the U.S. space agency said on Friday. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had hoped to launch the Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket in November 2018. The rocket will send the deep-space Orion capsule on a high lunar orbit.

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