WATCH LIVE! NASA’s Artemis I Mega Moon Rocket On the Move to Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center

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test will be the culmination of months of assembly and testing

WATCH LIVE: A raw, live feed of NASA’s Space Launch System/Artemis I rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which made its first public appearance after 5 p.m. ET Thursday, March 17. The rocket, crawler-transporter, and mobile launch tower will make the 11-hour trek from the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building to Pad 39B, where teams will test the rocket’s systems.

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – NASA’s new Moon rocket stood poised inside Kennedy Space Center’s iconic Vehicle Assembly Building ahead of its first journey to the launch pad.

Comprised of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, and sitting on its mobile launcher, the Artemis I Moon-bound rocket is now rolling to Launch Complex 39B for its wet dress rehearsal test targeted to begin on April 1.

The dress rehearsal will demonstrate the team’s ability to load more than 700,000 gallons of cryogenic, or super-cold, propellants into the rocket at the launch pad, practice every phase of the launch countdown, and drain propellants to demonstrate safely standing down on a launch attempt.

The test will be the culmination of months of assembly and testing for SLS and Orion, as well as preparations by launch control and engineering teams, and set the stage for the first Artemis launch.

The uncrewed Artemis I mission is the first flight of the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft together. Future missions will send people to work in lunar orbit and on the Moon’s surface.

With the Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon and establish long-term exploration in preparation for missions to Mars. SLS and Orion, along with the commercial human landing system and the Gateway that will orbit the Moon, are NASA’s backbone for deep space exploration.

WATCH LIVE: A raw, live feed of NASA’s Space Launch System/Artemis I rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which made its first public appearance after 5 p.m. ET Thursday, March 17. The rocket, crawler-transporter, and mobile launch tower will make the 11-hour trek from the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building to Pad 39B, where teams will test the rocket’s systems.
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