Stacked ‘Mega Moon rocket’ is ready to roll, NASA says

NASA’s upcoming lunar mission Artemis I is about to roll slightly nearer to getting an official launch date. The stacked spacecraft and rocket have been cleared to trundle out to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday (March 17) for prelaunch assessments, NASA representatives introduced on Monday (March 14) at a press briefing

The Orion spacecraft atop the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket — additionally known by NASA because the “Mega Moon rocket” — will make the 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) journey from Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Launch Pad 39B, climate allowing. The rollout will begin at 5 p.m. native time, and the rocket will take roughly 11 hours to attain its vacation spot, carried by the Crawler-Transporter 2 at at a stately rolling velocity of 0.8 mph (1.3 km/h), Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, launch director for NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems Program at Kennedy, mentioned on the briefing. 


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