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CHANGING PLANS

ARTEMIS I SLS/ORION STACK ROLLS BACK TO THE VAB, July 2, 2022, KSC

Update, July 2:  For reasons NASA did not explain in its blog post, the roll back did not begin until today at 4:12 am ET.

Update, June 30, 8:00 pm ET:  NASA announced a change of plans at the last minute. It is delaying the roll back until tomorrow, July 1, at 6:00 pm ET, “due to a concern with the condition of the crawlerway.”

Update, June 30, 4:00 pm ETNASA now plans to begin roll back a few hours earlier at 8:00 pm ET on June 30 due to forecasted weather in the area.  Video (without commentary) will be on the Kennedy Newsroom YouTube channel.

Original entry: NASA plans to roll the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with it Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I launch back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) beginning just after midnight on Friday, July 1. The time was chosen to avoid thunderstorms, which are common in Florida during the day this time of year.

The SLS/Orion stack has been at Launch Complex 39-B since June 6 for testing. NASA has declared the Wet Dress Rehearsal test complete and will now get the rocket ready for launch later this summer or fall.

NASA has been streaming video (without commentary) of the SLS/Orion rollouts and rollbacks on the Kennedy Newsroom YouTube channel and may do so again this time.

 

Details

Date:
July 2
Time:
6:00 am - 11:00 pm