NASAs Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen atop the mobile launcher at Launch 39B at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Artemis I mission is the first integrated test of the agencys deep space exploration systems: the Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, and supporting ground systems. The mission is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to the Moon. Launch of the uncrewed flight test is targeted for no earlier than Sept. 3 at 2:17 p.m. ET. With Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before.
Credits: NASA/Eric Bordelon
NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 27, to discuss the agency’s decision to roll theArtemis I Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Artemis I is a flight test to launch SLS and send Orion beyond the Moon and back to Earth before future missions with crew.
As Hurricane Ian moves toward Florida, the agency began to roll back its rocket and spacecraft at 11 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, providing enough time for employees to prioritize safety of their families, as well as protect the Artemis I hardware before the hurricane makes landfall.
Audio of the call will livestream on the agencys website at:
Briefing participants include:
- Janet Petro, center director, Kennedy
- Jim Free, associate administrator, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
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