The NASA Artemis I moon rocket moves out to Pad 39B #Space @NASAArtemis

NASA Artemis I Rocket on the Mobile Launcher by Anne Barela
Artemis I and the Mobile Launcher are carried by the Crawler Transported from the VAB to NASA Kennedy Space Center Pad 39B. Credit: Anne Barela MIT Attribution

 

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 NASA Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building. Photo by Anne Barela
The NASA Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building. Credit: Anne Barela MIT Attribution

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.

The Crawler Transporter Vehicle carries Artemis I and the Mobile Launcher to Pad 39B. Image by Anne Barela
The Crawler Transporter Vehicle carries Artemis I and the Mobile Launcher to Pad 39B. Credit: Anne Barela MIT Attribution

Pad 39B awaits, while Pad 39A will be in use for SpaceX Falcon 9 launches and construction of a pad for Starship.

NASA Pad 39B awaits Artemis I
NASA Pad 39B awaits Artemis I

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.

Artemis I goes to the moon. Photo by Anne Barela
The Crawler Transporter Vehicle carries Artemis I and the Mobile Launcher – on it’s travel to the moon. Credit: Anne Barela MIT Attribution

And your author, Anne Barela, below, in a Svaha Perseverance Parachute dress.

Anne Barela and the Artemis I Rocket
Artemis I and Anne Barela, use by permission


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 32,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org


Maker Business — A development to watch: Intel in Ohio

Wearables — Seal the dEaL with this project tip

Electronics — Breadboarding Wire

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: CircuitPython 7.3.0 RC0 Out and Much More! #Python #CircuitPython @micropython @ThePSF

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Detecting Water Pollution, Smart Girder, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — New Products 5/18/2022 Feat. Adafruit NAU7802 24-Bit ADC – STEMMA QT / Qwiic!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



2 Comments

  1. Fabulous photos. I’m so glad you got to see the Roll-Out.

    Go #Artemis

  2. Very nice coverage, thanks for the photos.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.