NASA sets Artemis Mega Moon rocket launch cover, spacecraft

Newswise – NASA will cover pre-launch, launch and post-launch activities for Artemis I, the first integrated test of NASA’s Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and ground systems from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This uncrewed flight test around the Moon will pave the way for a crewed flight test and future human lunar exploration as part of Artemis.

The SLS rocket is scheduled to launch during a two-hour window that opens at 8:33 a.m. EDT on Monday, August 29, from Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy.

The rocket and spacecraft arrived at its launch pad Wednesday after a nearly 10-hour, four-mile hike from the Vehicle Assembly Building. A live stream of the rocket and spacecraft on the launch pad is currently available on NASA Kennedy’s YouTube channel.

Live coverage of the events will air on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website, with pre-launch events beginning Monday, August 22. The countdown to the launch will begin on Saturday, August 27 at 10:23 a.m.

A live stream of the launch will also include celebrity appearances from Jack Black, Chris Evans and Keke Palmer, as well as a special performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” from Josh Groban and Herbie Hancock. It will also present a performance of “America the Beautiful” by the Philadelphia Orchestra and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for expanding the human presence on the Moon and beyond. The mission will demonstrate the performance of the SLS rocket and test Orion’s capabilities for about six weeks as it travels about 40,000 miles past the Moon and back to Earth.

A limited number of seats inside Kennedy’s auditorium will be available for on-site reporters on a first-come, first-served basis. The media accreditation deadline for in-person coverage of this launch has passed. Additional journalists wishing to participate can log in.

NASA’s Media Accreditation Policy for Virtual and Onsite Activities is available online.

Full launch coverage is as follows. All times are Eastern Time, all events will be broadcast live on NASA TV and information is subject to change. Follow NASA’s Artemis blog for updates.

Monday August 22

7:00 p.m. – NASA will host a pre-launch press conference following the agency’s Flight Readiness Review with the following attendees:

  • Janet Petro, Director, Kennedy Space Center
  • Jim Free, Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Mike Sarafin, Artemis Mission Leader, NASA Headquarters
  • Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis Launch Director, Exploration Ground Systems Program, Kennedy
  • Howard Hu, Orion Program Manager, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • John Honeycutt, Space Launch System Program Manager, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Friday August 26

10:00 a.m. – NASA will host a pre-launch press conference on the role of industry in advancing human exploration with the following attendees:

  • Jim Free, Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Jeff Zotti, RS-25 Program Manager, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Jennifer Boland-Masterson, Director of Operations, Michoud Assembly Facility, Boeing
  • Randy Lycans, Vice President/General Manager of NASA Enterprise Solutions, Jacobs
  • Kelly DeFazio, Orion Production Manager, Lockheed Martin
  • Doug Hurley, Senior Director of Business Development, Northrop Grumman
  • Ralf Zimmermann, Head of Moon Programs and Orion European Service Module, Airbus

Saturday August 27

11 a.m. – NASA will hold a pre-launch press conference following the Mission Management Team meeting with the following attendees:

  • Mike Sarafin, Artemis Mission Leader, NASA Headquarters
  • Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis Launch Director, Exploration Ground Systems Program, Kennedy
  • Judd Freiling, director of ascent and entry flights, Johnson
  • Rick LaBrode, Senior Flight Director, Johnson
  • Melissa Jones, Director of Recovery, Exploration Ground Systems Program, Kennedy
  • Melody Lovin, Weather Officer, Space Launch Delta 45
  • Jacob Bleacher, Chief Exploration Scientist, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters

2:30 p.m. – NASA will hold a pre-launch press conference on the agency’s Moon to Mars exploration plans with the following attendees:

  • Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator
  • Bhavya Lal, NASA Associate Administrator for Technology, Policy and Strategy
  • Jim Free, NASA Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate
  • Kathy Lueders, NASA Associate Administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate
  • Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate
  • Prasun Desai, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate
  • Randy Bresnik, NASA Astronaut

Sunday August 28

9:00 a.m. – NASA will hold a pre-launch press conference on the status of the countdown with the following participants:

  • Jeff Spaulding, Senior Director of Artemis I Testing at NASA
  • Melody Lovin, Weather Officer, Space Launch Delta 45

Monday August 29

00:00: Coverage begins with commentary on refueling operations to load propellant into the SLS rocket.

6:30 a.m.: Full coverage begins in English. Launch coverage will continue through translunar injection and spacecraft separation, setting Orion on its way to the Moon.

7:30 a.m.: Launch coverage begins in Spanish on NASA’s Spanish-language social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook and YouTube) and will continue approximately 15 minutes after takeoff. Mission coverage updates will be posted on NASA’s social media channels en español.

12 p.m.: Post-launch press conference coverage will follow approximately one hour after the launch live stream ends. Coverage start time is subject to change, depending on the exact take-off time. The post-launch press conference will include the following participants:

  • Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator
  • Mike Sarafin, Artemis Mission Leader, NASA Headquarters
  • Mike Bolger, Ground Systems Exploration Program Manager, Kennedy
  • Howard Hu, Orion Program Manager, Johnson
  • John Honeycutt, Space Launch System Program Manager, Marshall

4:00 p.m.: Coverage of Orion’s first outbound trajectory burn en route to the Moon. Coverage start time is subject to change, depending on the exact take-off time.

5:30 p.m.: Coverage of the first views of Earth from Orion during the coast to the Moon.

NASA TV coverage of additional events throughout the mission is available online.

NASA launch coverage in English

Launch briefings and coverage will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates. On-demand streaming video and photos of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff. Follow Countdown coverage on NASA’s Artemis blog at:

https://blogs.nasa.gov/artemis

NASA’s live TV coverage leading up to the launch will begin with refueling operations commentary at 12 p.m. Monday, August 29, followed by launch coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. Launch coverage will air on the NASA website, as well as on Facebook, Twitch, NASA. YouTube, and in 4k on the NASA UHD channel. For NASA TV downlink information, schedule, and links to streaming video, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/live

On launch day, a “clean feed” will air on the NASA TV media channel with views of the rocket and audio from a Launch Control Center commentator throughout and a single audio channel of the mission beginning 15 minutes before launch.

On launch day, countdown activities with launch control commentator audio will be available beginning at 12 p.m. by dialing 1-844-467-4685; Access code: 687630; listeners will hear a single mission audio channel beginning 15 minutes before launch. The full audio of the launch broadcast will begin at 6:30 a.m. and will be streamed at 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260, or -7135.

The launch will also be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz and UHF radio frequency 444.925 MHz, in FM mode, heard in Brevard County on the Space Coast.

NASA launch coverage in Spanish

NASA’s launch broadcast in Spanish will include interviews with Hispanic mission members and live commentary.

The show, which begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, August 29, will be available on NASA’s YouTube en español, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, and will continue about 15 minutes after takeoff. Mission coverage will then follow on NASA social media en español.

Attend the launch virtually

Members of the public can register to attend the launch virtually. The NASA Virtual Guest program for the mission includes curated launch resources, notifications of associated opportunities or changes, and a NASA Virtual Guest Passport stamp after a successful launch.

NASA Virtual Social Networks

NASA invites the public to join the Artemis I social event on Facebook. Stay up to date with the latest mission activities, interact with Artemis experts in real time, and watch the launch live stream with an interactive chat.

Watch, engage on social media

Stay connected with the mission and let people know you’re following the launch on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #Artemis. Track and identify these accounts:

Through the Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, paving the way for long-term lunar exploration and serving as a springboard for sending astronauts to Mars.

For more information on the Artemis I mission, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis-i


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