Technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida have completed the final testing of the Artemis I Moon rocket ahead of rolling to its launch pad.

NASA hopes to move the rocket to its launch site as soon as 9pm EDT on Tuesday 16 August, ahead of a targeted 29 August launch date.

The crawler-transporter will roll inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and under the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft later today.

Ready for rollout

NASA teams are currently working to prepare the rocket stack for rollout.

Over the weekend the team completed testing of the flight termination system – the components that allows a launch vehicle’s flight to be ended in a controlled manner.

This marked the final major activity prior to closing out the rocket and retracting the final access platforms in the VAB, NASA said.

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