Florida, Sept. 24 -- : NASA has called off the scheduled Tuesday launch of its historic planned uncrewed Moon-orbiting mission, Artemis I, due to a tropical storm 'Ian' that is forecast to strengthen as it approaches Florida.

"NASA is foregoing a launch opportunity Tuesday, Sept. 27, and preparing for rollback, while continuing to watch the weather forecast associated with Tropical Storm Ian," the space agency said in its press release.

During a meeting Saturday morning, teams decided to stand down on preparing for the Tuesday launch date to allow them to configure systems for rolling back the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Engineers deferred a final decision about the roll to Sunday to...