NASA one step closer to historic launch of Artemis I

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — NASA is one step closer to the countdown to the historic launch of its uncrewed mission around the moon.

Late Tuesday evening crews began the rollout of the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building to launchpad 39B.

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After completing the 4-mile, 12-hour journey to the pad, work will begin to prepare the rocket for launch.

Artemis I is the first in a series of missions that NASA says will pave the way for future crewed missions to the moon and Mars.

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The uncrewed test flight is expected to last about 42 days and end with the Orion spacecraft landing off the coast of Baja, California.

NASA is targeting the Artemis I launch for around 8:33 a.m. on Aug. 29.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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