NASA sets Artemis Mega Moon rocket launch cover, spacecraft

WASHINGTON, August 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — 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 spacecraft. agency ground systems Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This uncrewed flight test around the Moon will pave the way for crewed flight test and future human lunar exploration as part of Artemis.

The SLS rocket is intended to be launched during a two-hour window that opens at 8:33 a.m. EDT MondayAugust 29, from Launch Pad 39B to 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 the NASA Kennedy YouTube Channel.

Live coverage of the events will air on NASA Television, the Nasa appand the agency websitewith pre-launch events starting Monday, August 22. start the countdown will begin Saturday August 27at 10:23

A live stream of the launch will also include celebrity appearances by Jack Black, Chris Evansand Keke Palmeras well as a special performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Josh Grobin and Herbie Hancock. It will also feature a performance of “America the Beautiful” by the Philadelphia Orchestra and cellist Yo-Yo Madirected 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. To participate by telephone, media must confirm their presence no later than two hours before the start of each briefing to: [email protected]. Media and members of the public can also ask questions on social media using #Artemis. Audio-only press conferences will be broadcast on NASA’s “V” circuits, accessible by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135.

from NASA media accreditation policy for virtual and on-site activities is available online. More information about media accreditation at Kennedy is available via email: [email protected].

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

  • Janet Petrodirector, Kennedy Space Center
  • jim freeAssociate Administrator of the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Mike SarafinArtemis Mission Leader, NASA Headquarters
  • Charlie BlackwellThompsonArtemis Launch Director, Exploration Ground Systems Program, Kennedy
  • Howard HuOrion Program Manager, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • John HoneycuttSpace Launch System Program Manager, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Friday August 26

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

  • jim freeAssociate Administrator, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Jeff ZottiRS-25 Program Director, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Jennifer Boland MastersonDirector of Operations, Michoud Assembly Facility, Boeing
  • Randy LycansVice President/General Manager of NASA Enterprise Solutions, Jacobs
  • Kelly DeFazioproduction manager Orion, Lockheed Martin
  • Doug HurleySenior Director of Business Development, Northrop Grumman
  • Ralf ZimmermannHead of Moon Programs and Orion European Service Module, Airbus

Saturday August 27

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

  • Mike SarafinArtemis Mission Leader, NASA Headquarters
  • Charlie BlackwellThompsonArtemis Launch Director, Exploration Ground Systems Program, Kennedy
  • Judd Freilingdirector of ascent and entry flights, Johnson
  • Rick La BrodeSenior Flight Director, Johnson
  • Melissa JonesRecovery Director, Exploration Ground Systems Program, Kennedy
  • Melody Lovinweather officer, Space Launch Delta 45
  • Jacob BleacherChief Exploration Scientist, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters

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

  • Bill NelsonNASA administrator
  • Bhavya Lal, NASA Associate Administrator for Technology, Policy and Strategy
  • jim freeNASA Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate
  • Kathy LudersNASA Associate Administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate
  • Thomas ZurbuchenNASA Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate
  • Prasun DesaiNASA Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate
  • Randy BresnikNASA astronaut

Sunday August 28

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

  • Jeff SpauldingArtemis I, NASA Senior Test Manager
  • Melody Lovinweather officer, Space Launch Delta 45

Monday August 29

12 p.m.: 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, Facebookand 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 NelsonNASA administrator
  • Mike SarafinArtemis Mission Leader, NASA Headquarters
  • Mike BolgerGround Systems Exploration Program Manager, Kennedy
  • Howard HuOrion Program Manager, Johnson
  • John HoneycuttSpace Launch System Program Manager, Marshall

4 p.m.: Cover of Orion’s first outbound trajectory burn on the way 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 television coverage of additional events throughout the mission is available online.

NASA launch coverage in English

Launch briefings and coverage will be available on 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 television coverage leading up to the launch will begin with commentary on refueling operations at 12 p.m. Monday August 29followed by launch coverage from 6:30 a.m. Launch coverage will air on NASA websiteas good as Facebook, Tic, NASA YouTubeand in 4k on 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 starting 15 minutes before launch.

On launch day, countdown activities with launch control commentator audio will be available from 12 p.m. by calling 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 start at 6:30 a.m. and will be broadcast at 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135.

The launch will also be available on local amateur radio frequency VHF 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 will begin at 7:30 a.m. Mondayon August 29, will be available on NASA en español’s Youtube, Twitterand Facebook accounts, and will continue approximately 15 minutes after takeoff. Mission coverage will then follow on NASA social media en español.

Media and educational institutions interested in sharing the show’s stream can contact María José Viñas at: [email protected].

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 related opportunities or changes, and a stamp for the NASA Virtual Guest passport following 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 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

To obtain information on cover in Spanish in the Centro Espacial Kennedy or if you wish to solicit interviews in Spanish, communicate with Antonia Jaramillo at: [email protected] or 321-501-8425.

SOURCENASA

Lance B. Holton