A new moon lander and rover is set to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida this year, but NASA’s moon mission has another hitch.
The agency announced Wednesday that the Apollo 11 lunar mission’s lunar lander will miss its mission to the moon this year because of an issue with the craft’s electronics.
The rover is scheduled to launch at 3:45 p.m.
EDT (1345 GMT) on May 31 from the Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building.
The mission will also miss the planned launch of a new lunar orbiter, the Space Launch System (SLS).
The new lander is the first of a two-part moon mission for NASA’s next moon exploration effort.
The first will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2021, followed by the second in 2024.
Both missions are expected to carry about a hundred pounds of scientific equipment, including instruments and robots.