Tuesday, April 26, 2022

NASA's Artemis I Moon Rocket: A Night's Journey | Kennedy Space Center

NASA's Artemis I Moon Rocket: A Night's Journey | Kennedy Space Center

At approximately 6 a.m. ET Tuesday, April 26, 2022, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission arrived at the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center after a 10-hour journey from Launch Pad 39B that began at 7:54 p.m. ET Monday, April 25. 

Over the next several days, the NASA team will extend the work platforms to allow access to the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion. In the coming weeks, teams will work on replacing a faulty upper stage check valve and a small leak within the tail service mast umbilical ground plate housing, and perform additional checkouts before returning to the launch pad for the next wet dress rehearsal attempt.  

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:

United Launch Alliance under a collaborative partnership with Boeing, built the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) upper stage of the SLS rocket that will propel Orion to the Moon. 

Image Credit: United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Capture Date: April 25, 2022

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