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Godspeed, take two.
NASA will attempt a second launch of its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at 2:17 pm EDT Saturday, September 3. Kennedy Space Center. That time marks the opening of a two-hour window to launch.
An attempt to land a Mega Moon rocket from the historic launch pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning was scuppered by technical problems.
The Artemis I launch initiates NASA’s first female and first color mission to the Moon. Project Artemis will mark the space agency’s return to the Moon, 50 years after the Apollo program first did so.
The following is a guide to frequently asked questions about NASA’s Artemis launch. Check back with Florida Today’s space team – reporters Emre Kelly And Jamie Crow and visual journalists Craig Bailey, Malcolm Denmark And Tim Short – Saturday at 7 am for live coverage.
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Will there be people on board?
No. It was a test flight The SLS rocket will then carry astronauts to the Moon. This mission, Artemis I, will send an uncrewed Orion capsule on a 37-day trip around the Moon and back. If successful, it would pave the way for astronauts to fly a similar profile on Artemis II as early as 2024. Later, Artemis III will put two astronauts back on the lunar surface after a gap of more than 50 years after 2025.
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What will the traffic be like on launch day?
We don’t lie. There will be heavy traffic. Be prepared to wait. Get there quickly. Keep a full tank of gas.
The historic launch is expected to draw 200,000 people to the Space Coast — four cruise ships will be in Port Canaveral over the holiday weekend, Brevard County emergency management officials tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
“As you head out for weekend activities, plan for traffic congestion and extra travel time, especially if you’re heading to the beaches or the northern part of the county for the #Artemis launch,” the agency tweeted.
What to expect: ‘Big crowd!’ Expect more Artemis traffic when NASA tries to launch on Saturday
Also, there’s a surf festival in Cocoa Beach this weekend. In past years, surf festivals in Brevard have drawn 10,000 visitors Cocoa Beach Bear.
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What will the weather be like on launch day?
Despite two tropical disturbances and a tropical storm in the Atlantic, Brevard is expected to see typical summer weather over the Labor Day weekend.
The Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron says the weather should be 60% clear at the start of the two-hour launch window and improve to 80% by the end of the window.
If you’re going to wait outside for the release, expect typical summer weather in Florida, said Cassie Leahy, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Melbourne location. Temperatures on the Space Coast are expected to be in the 80s to 90s, Leahy said, although temperatures will feel like 100 to 105 degrees because of the humidity.
Temperature with chance of rain:Typical summer weather is expected over the Labor Day weekend on the Space Coast despite coastal storms
Where can I watch the NASA Artemis launch?
There are very few “bad” places to watch a rocket launch on the Space Coast, but some spots offer truly spectacular views. We have 72 miles of coastline, so choose from any of our beaches from Cape Canaveral to Melbourne Beach. Playa Linda Beach, located north of the space center as part of the Canaveral National Seashore, will be closed to the public for the launch.
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If you’re not on the Space Coast, you can find this launch in our neighboring counties to the north and south. We’re talking about the northern parts of Volusia County or parts of Indian River County, St. Lucie County and Martin County.
Where to go: 9 Best Places on the Treasure Coast to Watch the Mega Moon Rocket Liftoff
How can I remotely view a NASA Artemis launch?
If you can’t watch the Space Coast live to see NASA’s Artemis launch, you can stream it live.
Full coverage of the release, including a live webcast with live tweets and updates, begins Saturday at 7 a.m. floridatoday.com/space (You can type this into your phone’s browser) and feature more in-depth coverage. Ask our FLORIDA TODAY space team reporters Emre Kelly Or Jamie Crow Ask questions and start a conversation. You can check the coverage by Florida Today App, which is available on the App Store or Google Play. FLORIDA TODAY is part of the USA TODAY Network.
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How does Artemis I sound? Is it loud?
NASA’s SLS rocket is a behemoth. It’s more powerful than the rockets that have flown from Florida’s Space Coast for decades. At its tallest height – 322 feet – it is approximately 100 feet taller than any other operational vehicle launched from the Eastern Series.
Hearing and feeling the power of the SLS — or any rocket for that matter — depends on a number of factors surrounding the viewing platforms. Wind, humidity, trees can all change what you hear and feel.
“Put it down first: It’s going to be loud,” John Blevins, NASA’s chief SLS engineer, told Florida Today. “No one will be in danger, but it will be as loud as a Saturn V rocket.”
But there will be differences, many of which depend on location and local weather.
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How big is NASA’s Artemis I rocket?
NASA Rockets by Numbers: Space Launch System
- Height: 322 feet
- Weight: 5.74 million pounds. while the fuel
- Thrust: 8.8 million lbs.
- Carrying capacity: 95 tons to low Earth orbit; 27 tons for lunar orbit
- Cost per launch: $4.1 billion
NASA Rockets by Numbers: Space Shuttle
- Height: 184 feet
- Weight: 4.5 million pounds. while the fuel
- Thrust: 7.8 million lbs.
- Carrying capacity: 22 tons to low earth orbit
- Cost per startup: $1.75 billion adjusted for inflation
NASA Rockets by Numbers: Saturn V
- Height: 363 feet
- Weight: 6.2 million pounds. while the fuel
- Thrust: 7.6 million lbs.
- Carrying capacity: 130 tons to low Earth orbit; 50 tons for lunar orbit
- Cost per startup: $1.16 billion adjusted for inflation
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