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NASA will begin a crucial third test attempt for the lunar mission on Saturday

The wet dress rehearsal, which simulates each stage of the launch without the rocket actually leaving the launch pad, will begin at 5 p.m. ET Saturday and is expected to continue until 2:40 p.m. ET Monday, according to the release.

This weekend’s rehearsal is a major milestone in the first phase of NASA’s Artemis program, which is expected to return humans to the moon and land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface by 2025. .

Teams on the Artemis mission had to stop the previous two wetsuit rehearsal attempts before completion after encountering issues. NASA scientists have troubleshooted and will continue to investigate during the attempt this weekend.

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