Around 8:30 a.m. EDT (5:30 a.m. PDT) on November 4, the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission arrived at launch pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a nearly nine-hour journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Teams will continue working to configure SLS and Orion for the upcoming November 14 launch attempt.
The Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I flight test are rolling to launch pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida ahead of launch. Credit: NASA
The journey began at around 11:17 p.m. EDT (8:17 p.m. PDT) on November 3 as the crawler-transporter began the approximately 4-mile journey from the VAB to the launch pad. Once outside the VAB high-bay doors, the Moon rocket made a planned pause allowing the team to reposition the crew access arm on the mobile launcher before continuing to the launch pad.
Artemis I launch is currently targeted for November 14 at the opening of a 69-minute launch window starting at 12:07 a.m. EST. Artemis I will be the first integrated test of NASA’s SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft. The primary goal of Artemis I is to thoroughly test the integrated systems before crewed missions by launching Orion atop the SLS rocket, operating the spacecraft in a deep space environment, testing Orion’s heat shield, and recovering the crew module after reentry, descent, and splashdown.
NASA’s Massive Artemis I Moon Rocket Arrives at Launch Pad Ahead of Historic Mission–Again
Amazing to watch.
So let me get THIS message straight. The Artamis 1 moon Rocket was delayed at first for a faulty sensor, then it was delayed a second time for a liquid hydrogen leak, THEN it was delayed a third time do to Hurricane Ian? And now after you kids get this safely back out to Launch pad 39B, ANOTHER tropical forms off the coast and it’s projected path puts it in or around the Kennedy Space Center and perhaps threatens to scrub November 14th launch. WOW!!! I have to tell y’all that something is really not wanting Artamis to even get off the ground. Y’all this is some scary stuff. No pon intended.
Launch it from California. We don’t have weather problems and if it comes down in the Midwest who cares.
Dont you have earthquakes out there? I bet you vote for Trump as well!
Dont You have earthquakes out there? and I bet you vote for Trump, as mad as Putin!
Only an america hating moron wouldn’t vote for Trump.