Dubbed Artemis I, the mission brings the US a big step closer to putting astronauts back on the lunar surface for the first time since the end of the Apollo programme 50 years ago.
Scientists say seeds would be carried by Beresheet 2 spacecraft — a private Israeli Moon mission.
NASA’s new Moon rocket sprang another dangerous fuel leak, forcing launch controllers to call off their second attempt this week to send a crew capsule into lunar orbit.
For the second time in five days, NASA has halted a planned attempt to launch the debut test flight of its giant, next-generation rocket, the first mission of the agency's moon-to-Mars Artemis programme.
The Artemis 1 mission is an uncrewed test flight. It will be the first launch for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the most powerful in the world and which has been in development for more than a decade.
For August 29 mission, called Artemis 1, the Orion capsule will launch atop the Space Launch System without any humans and orbit the Moon before returning to Earth for an ocean splashdown 42 days later.
The launch is part of NASA's Artemis programme which seeks to return humans to the Moon and build a sustained presence there.
Beijing reacted after NASA chief Bill Nelson raised concerns over China's "landing on the moon and saying: 'It's ours now and you stay out'."
China will launch a spacecraft carrying three astronauts on a scheduled flight to the core module of the unfinished Chinese space station, where they will work and live for six months.
The achievement heralds the promise of using earthly plants to support human outposts on other worlds.
The selection and training of the country's first astronaut to go to space on a science mission will take place in the coming year, the head of the Turkish Space Agency announced.
The launch team will wait until SpaceX launches four private passengers to the International Space Station on Friday.
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