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The space agency said that Artemis II, a trip around the moon, will now occur in September 2025, while a moon landing, Artemis III, will move to 2026.

Four astronauts in blue jumpsuits pose in front of the Orion spacecraft at a facility of the Kennedy Space Center.
The crew of Artemis II, from left, astronauts Victor Glover, pilot; Reid Wiseman, commander; Christina Hammock Koch, mission specialist; and Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen, mission specialist, last year.Credit…Chandan Khanna/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

For NASA and its astronauts, the moon is no farther away in terms of distance, but it is slipping further into the future.

Officials at the space agency announced on Tuesday that Artemis II, the first American mission to send astronauts close to the moon in more than 50 years, will not take place late this year, as had been scheduled.

They set a September 2025 date for the mission, which will take astronauts around the moon without landing there.

The crew of that mission will consist of three NASA astronauts — Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover and Christina Koch — and one Canadian astronaut, Jeremy Hansen.

The delay in Artemis II also pushes back the subsequent mission, Artemis III, which is to take two astronauts to the surface of the moon near its south pole. That will now be no earlier than September 2026.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Kenneth Chang has been at The Times since 2000, writing about physics, geology, chemistry, and the planets. Before becoming a science writer, he was a graduate student whose research involved the control of chaos. More about Kenneth Chang