Sunday, August 28, 2022


 Hey, Space Placers!

As the new countdown clock at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) works towards "0" for a scheduled launch time of 8:33 a.m. EDT on Monday, August 29, 2022, for the uncrewed mission of Artemis I you will want to watch live coverage. 

There is a two hour launch window for Monday. If the launch does not occur there are follow on launch windows over the next several days before the "stack" has to be moved back into the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB).

Live coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT and you can also get coverage of the mission using NASA's Artemis Real-time Orbit Website (AROW) to track the spacecraft’s flight as it happens during the 42-day mission.

The Orion Spacecraft also has its own Twitter account which will provide mission updates as well as other information on Orion. Here is the Artemis Program Twitter account and the Space Launch System (SLS)  rocket Twitter account. All of these are great sources of reliable information. 

It has been almost 50 years since NASA and KSC launched the last crew capable spacecraft to the Moon on December, 7, 1972, with the flight of Apollo 17.

NASA has put up banners at KSC that state, "We Are Going". To me, the most important part of Artemis is that we are also going to the Moon to stay this time.

I took color slide pictures of the TV screen and the Moon itself when Apollo 8 went to the Moon back in December 1968. Almost 54 years later I will attempt to track Artemis I on its way to the Moon using my Unistellar telescope just like I did for James Webb Space Telescope's one million mile journey to L-2.

It's been a LONG wait to send a human rated spacecraft to the Moon and I can hardly wait for lift off.


Sky Guy in VA

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