NASA to Discuss Status of Final Test Needed for Artemis I Moon Mission

An image of NASAs moon rocket at the agencys Kennedy Space Center in Florida, rolling out of the Vehicle Assembly Building for a 4.2-mile journey to Launch Complex 39B on March 17, 2022.
Credits: NASA/Kim Shiflett

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 12 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 27, to discuss the status of the next wet dress rehearsal test of the agencys Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft at the agencys Kennedy Space Center in Florida ahead of the uncrewed Artemis I lunar mission.

The rehearsal is the final test needed before launch and calls for NASA to test the system including operations to load propellant into the rockets tanks, conduct a full launch countdown, demonstrate the ability to recycle the countdown clock, and also drain the tanks to give them an opportunity to practice the timelines and procedures they will use for launch.

The teleconference will stream live on the agencys website.

Participants include:

  • Tom Whitmeyer, deputy associate administrator for common exploration systems development, NASA Headquarters
  • Cliff Lanham, senior vehicle operations manager, Exploration Ground Systems Program, NASAs Kennedy Space Center
  • John Blevins, chief engineer, Space Launch System Program, NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center
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