Launch of Nasa's Capstone  Delayed to June 25

Cubesat Moon Mission

The launch of NASA's CAPSTONE

 moon mission has been pushed back again, this time to no earlier than June 25.

NASA and launch provider

 Rocket Lab had been eyeing yesterday (June 13) as the soonest possible liftoff date for CAPSTONE

But the CAPSTONE team

 has pushed the target date to June 25, NASA officials announced in a brief blog post today (June 14).

If all goes according to plan,

 the microwave-oven-sized satellite will settle into a near rectilinear halo orbit (NRHO) around the moon

No probe has ever occupied

 a lunar NRHO, so "CAPSTONE will help reduce risk for future spacecraft

Also the cubesat will perform

 communications and navigation tests in tandem with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

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