Wednesday, June 15, 2022

NASA's Artemis I Moon Rocket: "Fly Me to The Moon" | Kennedy Space Center

NASA's Artemis I Moon Rocket: "Fly Me to The Moon" | Kennedy Space Center

Image Credit: NASA/Cory Huston

Image Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

Image Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

A full Moon is in view from Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 14, 2022. The Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft, atop the mobile launcher, are being prepared for a wet dress rehearsal to practice timelines and procedures for launch. The first in an increasingly complex series of missions, Artemis I will test SLS and Orion as an integrated system prior to crewed flights to the Moon. Through Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface, paving the way for a long-term lunar presence and using the Moon as a steppingstone on the way to Mars. 

Artemis I launch is currently scheduled for 2022.

"Fly Me to the Moon", originally titled "In Other Words", is a song written in 1954 by Bart Howard. Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song the year it was written. Frank Sinatra's 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon. [Wikipedia]

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:

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

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS)

NASA's Orion Spacecraft

Image Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

Image Date: June 14, 2022

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