The NASA Artemis I moon rocket moves out to Pad 39B #Space @NASAArtemis
Artemis: NASA’s follow-on to the Apollo moon rocket emerged from the iconic Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) Thursday evening into the Florida sun.
Carried by the workhorse Crawler Transporter, the Space Launch System (SLS) and it’s Mobile Launcher were carried on a several hour trip to the iconic Pad 39B where Apollo and Space Shuttle launches occurred. The NASA “worm” logo standing two stories tall on the solid rocket boosters.
The journey is slow: one mile per hour when at full speed as the combined weight of Artemis and the Mobile Launcher is heavier than any previous payloads the crawler has moved.
Pad 39B awaits, while Pad 39A will be in use for SpaceX Falcon 9 launches and construction of a pad for Starship.
Leaving the crawler to it’s slow journey in the twilight, the moon is seen to the fare right. The Orion capsule on top of Artemis will soon be orbiting the moon in the program that will eventually land people back on our satellite.
And your author, Anne Barela, below, in a Svaha Perseverance Parachute dress.
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