NASA's long-awaited rocket launch mission 'Artemis 1' has been halted on Monday due to engine problems. The problem has forced NASA to postpone for at least four days the long-awaited debut test flight that would send it into orbit around the moon and the launch of its massive next-generation rocket ship 50 years after Apollo's last lunar mission.

The countdown stopped 40 minutes before launch time as the 32-story-tall, two-stage Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion crew capsule awaited liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The US space agency said there was a problem with one of the rocket's main engines. The problem occurred when the launch crews began filling its core fuel tanks with super-cooled liquid oxygen and hydrogen propellants.

"Mission engineers struggled to properly condition the engines to the correct temperature for launch," the agency said. NASA has not given a new launch date, but its first available backup launch opportunity was scheduled for Friday, September 2.

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