Artemis I rollout set for overnight at Kennedy Space Center

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — On Thursday, NASA teams will start arriving at the Kennedy Space Center for the next rollout of the agency’s Mega Moon rocket and Orion spacecraft.


NASA is on target to launch its uncrewed mission around the moon on Nov. 14.

NASA said Thursday afternoon that the rocket should be on the move just after midnight, and it’ll take several hours to make it to the pad.

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Teams are performing final walkdowns in preparation for the 4-mile journey.

Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test around the moon. The mission will test the capabilities of the SLS rocket and the Orion spacecraft, including the performance of the spacecraft’s heatshield and its descent, splashdown and recovery.

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Hurricane Ian forced NASA to move SLS and Orion to safety inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, delaying NASA’s most recent launch attempt. However, the agency has also dealt with technical issues.

NASA is keeping a close eye on the weather and has a couple of backup dates on the calendar: Nov. 16 and Nov. 19. Both would be overnight launches.

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Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.