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Godspeed, take two.

NASA will make a second attempt to launch its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at 2:17 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 3, from Kennedy Space Center. This time marks the opening of a two-hour launch window.

Monday morning’s attempt to launch the mega lunar rocket from Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39B was canceled due to technical issues.

The launch of Artemis I kicks off NASA’s program to land the first woman and first colored person on the moon. The Artemis program would mark the space agency’s return to the Moon, more than 50 years after the first Apollo program.

The following is a guide with frequently asked questions about NASA’s Artemis launch. Come back with the FLORIDA TODAY space team – journalists Emre Kelly and Jamie Groh and visual reporters Craig Bailey, Malcolm Denemark and Tim Shortt — at 7 a.m. Saturday for live coverage.

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Will there be people on board?

No. This is a test flight for the SLS rocket, which will later 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, this will pave the way for astronauts to fly with a similar profile on Artemis II no earlier than 2024. Then Artemis III, sometime after 2025, would return two astronauts to the lunar surface after a hiatus in over 50 years old.

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What will launch day traffic look like?

We’re not going to lie. Traffic will be heavy. Be prepared to wait. Arrive early. Have a full tank of gas.

The historic launch is expected to draw 200,000 people to the Space Coast — a holiday weekend when there will be four cruise ships in Port Canaveral, Brevard County emergency management officials tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

“When heading out for weekend activities, please expect traffic congestion and consider additional travel time, especially if heading to the beaches or North County area for the #Artemis launch,” he tweeted. the agency.

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Plus, there’s a surf festival in Cocoa Beach this weekend. In years past, surf festivals in Brevard have drawn 10,000 visitors to the Cocoa Beach Pier.

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What will the weather be like on launch day?

Despite two tropical disturbances and a tropical storm over Atlantic waters, Brevard is expected to experience typical summer weather for Labor Day weekend.

The Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron said the weather is expected to be 60% at the start of the two-hour launch window, improving to 80% by the end of the window.

If you’re going to be outside waiting for launch, expect a typical Florida summer, said Cassie Leahy, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Melbourne site. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s to lower 90s along the Space Coast, although the temperature will feel between 100 and 105 degrees due to humidity, Leahy said.

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Where can I watch NASA’s 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 pick a spot, any spot along one of our beaches, from Cape Canaveral to Melbourne Beach. Playalinda Beach, which is 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 are not on the Space Coast, the launch could be visible from nearby counties north and south of us. We are talking about the northern parts of Volusia County or areas of Indian River County, St. Lucie County and Martin County.

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How can I watch NASA’s Artemis launch remotely?

If you can’t visit Space Coast to watch NASA’s Artemis launch live, you can stream it live.

Full launch coverage, including a live webcast with live tweets and updates, will begin around 7 a.m. Saturday at floridatoday.com/space (you can type this into your browser on your phone) and will provide in-depth coverage. Ask Our FLORIDA TODAY Space Crew Reporters Emre Kelly Where Jamie Groh questions and engage in conversation. You can also watch coverage through the FLORIDA TODAY app, which is available in the App Store or Google Play. FLORIDA TODAY is part of the USA TODAY Network.

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What will Artemis I look like? Will it be noisy?

NASA’s SLS rocket is a monster. It’s more powerful than the rockets that have flown from Florida’s space coast for decades. Its towering height – 322 feet – makes it about 100 feet taller than other operational vehicles launched from the Eastern Range.

Hearing and feeling the power of SLS – or any rocket for that matter – will depend on a host of factors surrounding viewing sites. Everything from winds to humidity to trees can change what you hear and feel.

“Put that first: it’s going to be loud,” John Blevins, NASA’s SLS chief engineer, told FLORIDA TODAY. “Nobody will be in danger, but it will be as loud as a Saturn V rocket.”

But there will be variations, many of which will depend on location and local weather.

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How big is NASA’s Artemis I rocket?

NASA rockets in numbers: Space Launch System

  • Height: 322 feet
  • Weight: 5.74 million pounds. when fed
  • Thrust: 8.8 million pounds.
  • Payload capacity: 95 tons in low earth orbit; 27 tons in lunar orbit
  • Cost per launch: $4.1 billion

NASA rockets in numbers: the space shuttle

  • Height: 184 feet
  • Weight: 4.5 million pounds. when fed
  • Thrust: 7.8 million pounds.
  • Payload capacity: 22 tons in low earth orbit
  • Cost per launch: $1.75 billion adjusted for inflation

NASA rockets in numbers: Saturn V

  • Height: 363 feet
  • Weight: 6.2 million pounds. when fed
  • Thrust: 7.6 million pounds.
  • Payload capacity: 130 tons in low earth orbit; 50 tons in lunar orbit
  • Cost per launch: $1.16 billion adjusted for inflation

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