NASA Invites Media to Launch of New Mega-Moon Rocket and Spacecraft


An aerial view of Launch Complex 39B with Exploration Ground Systems mobile launcher for the Artemis 1 mission on the pad.
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An aerial view of Launch Complex 39B with Exploration Ground Systems mobile launcher for the Artemis 1 mission on the pad. The mobile launcher, atop crawler-transporter 2, made its final solo trek from the Vehicle Assembly Building on June 27, 2019, and arrived on the surface of pad B on June 28, 2019, at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mobile launcher will remain at the pad over the summer, undergoing final testing and checkouts. Its next roll to the pad will be with the agencys Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft in preparation for the launch of Artemis 1.
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Media accreditation is now open for launch and prelaunch activities related to NASAs Artemis I mission, the first mission in exploration systems built for crew that will travel around the Moon since Apollo. Approximately a weeks worth of events will lead up to the launch of the agencys Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, targeted for no earlier than March 2022 from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The uncrewed Artemis I mission will launch from Kennedys Launch Complex 39B and is the first integrated flight test of NASAs Artemis deep space exploration systems. The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, the mission will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration and demonstrate NASAs commitment and capability to establish a long-term presence at the Moon and beyond.

NASA will set an official target launch date after a successful wet dress rehearsal test one of the final tests before launch involving fuel loaded into the rocket currently planned for late February.

U.S. media must apply by 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, and international media without U.S. citizenship must apply by 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31. A copy of NASAs media accreditation policy is online.

Submit all accreditation requests online at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

The agency continues to monitor developments related to the coronavirus pandemic, and Kennedy will grant access to only a limited number of media to protect the health and safety of media and employees. Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions at Kennedy, international media coming from overseas must follow quarantine requirements.

NASA will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the agencys chief health and medical officer and will immediately communicate any updates that may affect media access for this launch.

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