Monday, June 06, 2022

NASA Artemis I Moon Rocket WDR Rollout Part 2 | Kennedy Space Center

NASA Artemis I Moon Rocket WDR Rollout Part 2 | Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft atop the mobile launcher are in view in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on June 3, 2022. All of the work platforms have been retracted. The crawler-transporter, driven by engineers, is under the Artemis I stack atop the mobile launcher. It will carry it to Launch Complex 39B for another wet dress rehearsal (WDR) test this week ahead of the Artemis I launch. Artemis I will be the first integrated test of the SLS and the Orion spacecraft. 

Artemis I launch is currently scheduled for launch in 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.

On the Artemis III Mission, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the surface of the Moon, paving the way for a long-term lunar presence and serving as a steppingstone on the way to Mars. 

Learn more about Artemis I at:

NASA's Artemis Program:

Read the Artemis Plan (74-page PDF Free Download):

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS)

NASA's Orion Spacecraft

Image Credit: NASA/Glenn Benson

Image Date: June 3, 2022

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