NASA’s Artemis moon rocket just rode a ‘supertank’ to the launch pad

Inch by inch, NASA’s Artemis I spacecraft and rocket have finally chugged all the way to the launch pad, reaching their destination in the predawn hours of Friday (March 18). They arrived at 4:15 am EDT, 10 hours and 28 minutes after the rollout began on Thursday (March 17) at 5:47 pm EDT.

While 11 hours might sound like a long time for a 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) trip, the lunar rocket’s arrival at Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida was right on schedule. It departed from Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building and traveled at a cruising speed of just under 1 mph (1.6 km / h) for much of the journey carried by NASA’s enormous Crawler-Transporter 2 (CT-2).

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