KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA will conduct a major test this weekend that will determine whether its colossal Space Launch System rocket is ready to blast off for a trip around the moon.
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Launch teams will take their places for a “wet dress rehearsal” ahead of the Artemis 1 mission.
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Artemis 1 is a planned uncrewed flight test around the moon, and the two-day test will ensure that teams are ready to launch.
Photos: NASA crews move forward with last major tests of SLS rocket at Kennedy Space Center
The Artemis 1 wet dress rehearsal started Friday with a call to stations at the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Control Center.
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The wet dress rehearsal is the last major test ahead of the Artemis 1 launch.
NASA will not set a date for the launch of Artemis 1 until after its review of the wet dress rehearsal.
Once the testing is complete, teams will drain the rocket and roll the SLS rocket back to the Vehicle Assembly Building.
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NASA said activity at the launch pad won’t be visible during the majority of the testing, but some venting of the rocket may be seen on Sunday.
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