News Wrap: Test launch for Artemis 1 moon mission postponed again

In our news wrap Saturday, NASA's Artemis moon mission has been postponed a second time, excessive heat is scorching the West Coast and fueling wildfires, nine migrants were found dead after trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was laid to rest in Moscow, and Serena Williams played what was likely her final match at the U.S. Open Friday night.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    The goal of returning astronauts to the moon has been 50 years in the making. But NASA's test launch to orbit the moon with an unmanned spacecraft will need to wait at least another two days. The Artemis 1 mission has been postponed for the second time this week due to technical issues. The launch site after takeoff this afternoon had to be scrubbed after a dangerous liquid hydrogen fuel leak could not be sealed. The next launch attempt will be on Monday.

    Millions of people are under excessive heat watches and warnings as temperatures are expected to climb into the triple digits across much of the Western U.S. through the holiday weekend. California officials are urging residents to limit their use of air conditioning and to use less electricity during critical hours to prevent rolling blackouts. The soaring temperatures have also fueled wildfires, including the rapidly spreading mill fire in Northern California. The fire has destroyed nearly 100 homes, injured several people and forced 1000s more to evacuate.

    At least nine migrants have been found dead after attempting to cross a perilous stretch of the Rio Grande River in your Eagle Pass Texas late this week. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexican officials discovered the bodies while responding to a larger group of migrants attempting to cross. Dozens have been rescued from the river and dozens more have been detained. Authorities say the search continues for more possible victims.

    In Russia former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev has been laid to rest. He was interred today in a Moscow cemetery next to his wife, 1000s of mourners lined the streets lay bouquets of flowers and viewed the coffin at a farewell ceremony for the late leader who was credited with helping end the Cold War. Notably absent from the ceremony today Russian President Vladimir Putin, who cited scheduling conflicts. Putin reportedly honored Gorbachev privately earlier this week.

    And tennis fans all across the world likely witnessed Serena Williams' final match last night. Williams lost her third-round match at the U.S. Open, ending her bid for what would have been a 24th major title. Her 23 Grand Slam wins are the most by any player in the Open Era.

    Williams signaled her intention to retire from professional tennis in Vogue Magazine last month. But in her post match news conference last night Williams joked with reporters that she "always did love Australia," referring to the Australian Open coming up in January.

    And still to come on "PBS News Weekend," answering your questions about the Biden administration's Student Loan Forgiveness Plan. And the CDC recommends a retooled COVID booster. When should you, get yours?

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