Friday, March 18, 2022

NASA Artemis I Rocket by Moonlight | Kennedy Space Center

NASA Artemis I Rocket by Moonlight | Kennedy Space Center

The Moon is seen rising behind NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard atop a mobile launcher as it rolls out to Launch Complex 39B for the first time, Thursday, March 17, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Ahead of NASA’s Artemis I flight test, the fully stacked and integrated SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft will undergo a wet dress rehearsal at Launch Complex 39B to verify systems and practice countdown procedures for the first launch.

At the pad, NASA will conduct a final prelaunch test known as wet dress rehearsal, which includes loading the SLS propellant tanks and conducting a launch countdown. The rollout involves a 4-mile journey between the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and the launch pad, expected to take between six and 12 hours. Artemis I moon launch (uncrewed) is currently scheduled for spring 2022.

The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration, and demonstrate NASA's commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.  It will travel 280,000 miles from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the Moon over the course of about a three-week mission. Orion will stay in space longer than any ship for astronauts has done without docking to a space station and return home faster and hotter than ever before.

Learn more about Artemis I at:

NASA's Artemis Program:

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS)

NASA's Orion Spacecraft

Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Image Date: March 17, 2022

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