Artemis I Spacecraft to Return to Kennedy Space Center March 24 After Successful Tests in Ohio

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Underwent thermal vacuum and electromagnetic environment testing to certify vehicle for missions to Moon

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, wrapped up for shipping, is carefully aligned for loading into the agency’s Super Guppy aircraft at the Launch and Landing Facility runway at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 21, 2019. (NASA/Kim Shiflett image)

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – The Orion spacecraft for Artemis I is expected to arrive back at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 24.

The crew and service module stack will be offloaded from NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft after its return flight home from NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.

The offloading activity will happen the morning of March 24 at the Launch and Landing Facility at Kennedy, operated by Space Florida.

Arrival and offloading are dependent on favorable weather conditions and are subject to change.

The recently completed spacecraft spent the last several months in the world’s premier space environments test facility undergoing thermal vacuum and electromagnetic environment testing to certify the vehicle for Artemis missions to the Moon.

Engineers and technicians at Kennedy stand ready to welcome the spacecraft back and begin performing final processing and integration for the launch of the Artemis I mission.

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