Countdown to Artemis I

NASA’s upcoming Artemis I launch is a historic moment in the making. The Kennedy Space Center is thrilled to be the launch site for such an incredible mission. Before liftoff, currently scheduled for Monday, August 29, 2022 at 8:33 a.m., the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex invites you to learn more about Artemis I from the experts and enjoy some family fun along the way.

During the countdown to Artemis I, here’s what you can discover at the Visitor Complex:

Start now:

See Artemis I on the launch pad

See Artemis I on the launch pad across Banana Creek. When visiting the Apollo/Saturn V Center, accessible via the Kennedy Space Center bus tour, step back and look across the lawn above Banana Creek. You can see the huge Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send Artemis I beyond Earth, sitting on pad 39B.

Artemis Mission Manual Scavenger Hunt

Until August 29, explore the Visitor Complex and complete the Artemis Mission Manual Treasure Hunt. Get an information booklet or at the Espace Boutique. Answer the questions in your booklet with the answers found at six Artemis teaching stations, then return to Information or Space Shop before heading out for a completion prize.

COMPLETE YOUR MISSION

5 days before launch, August 24:

Hear from the Experts: NASA’s Artemis I

At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, there are many opportunities to hear from those who work behind the scenes to make historic moments possible, like Artemis I. From August 24-28, hear first-hand accounts of NASA and its space partners inside Journey to Mars.

LEARN MORE

Other Artemis events on this day

  • Artemis Mission Manual Scavenger Hunt
  • See Artemis I on the launch pad

Artemis I Launch Control Team at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA

4 days before launch, August 25:

NASA Artemis I Special Launch

From August 25 until launch day, NASA and its commercial partners take control of the ground floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis®. During this expo, visit many stations to learn more about Artemis I. With engaging activities from experienced crews, you’ll find them to be as informative as they are fun.

Plus, don’t miss special appearances by some exciting guests of honour:

space snooper: Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Future NASA Artemis Astronauts*: Sunday August 28 ONLY:

  • Kate Rubins from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Stephanie Wilson from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

*These astronauts will be available for photos, but no autographs will be signed.

ENGAGE WITH NASA

Other Artemis events on this day:

  • Hear from the Experts: NASA’s Artemis I
  • Artemis Mission Manual Scavenger Hunt
  • See Artemis I on the launch pad

3 days before launch, August 26:

LEGO® Education Go For Launch Experience

LEGO ‘Command Pilot’ Kate and ‘Mission Specialist’ Kyle minifigures must complete their pre-flight checklist and invite resort visitors to help. From August 26 until launch day, engage in learning activities like designing, prototyping and testing using familiar LEGO bricks and LEGO Education learning solutions. Plus, check out the educational station inside the LEGO Build to Launch attraction next to the IMAX® Theater.

JOIN THE SPACE TEAM

Callisto Technology Demonstration

Check out one of the Artemis I payloads from August 26-28 inside Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex. Callisto is a technology demo from Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Cisco that integrates voice AI with Alexa. Webex will also provide high-quality collaboration tools in the cabin of the Orion spacecraft. During this demonstration, interact with Callisto just like the unit installed in Orion for the Artemis mission.

DISCOVER CALLISTO

Other Artemis events on this day:

  • NASA Artemis I Special Launch
  • Hear from the Experts: NASA’s Artemis I
  • Artemis Mission Manual Scavenger Hunt
  • See Artemis I on the launch pad

Space Launch System (SLS) on mobile launcher on pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center Florida, USA

2 days before the launch, August 27:

The celebrations continue the weekend before Artemis I with all the pre-launch events. Be sure to add the following to your pre-launch visit:

  • LEGO® Education Go For Launch Experience
  • Callisto Technology Demonstration
  • NASA Artemis I Special Launch
  • Hear from the Experts: NASA’s Artemis I
  • Artemis Mission Manual Scavenger Hunt
  • See Artemis I on the launch pad

1 day before launch, August 28:

  • LEGO® Education Go For Launch Experience
  • Callisto Technology Demonstration
  • NASA Artemis I Special Launch
  • Hear from the Experts: NASA’s Artemis I
  • Artemis Mission Manual Scavenger Hunt
  • See Artemis I on the launch pad

Space Launch System (SLS) on pad 39B at sunrise

LAUNCH DAY, August 29:

Launch day has arrived! Whether NASA’s first Artemis I launch attempt succeeds on August 29 or they try another day, we will continue to celebrate this moment in the history of space exploration. Remember, only those with a Launch Viewing Package will be admitted for the Launch Viewing. However, after launch or scrub, the Visitor Complex opens for general admission. We invite you to continue to make the most of your day by joining us for the remaining events on August 29:

Chat with an astronaut and admission package

For Artemis I, Chat With An Astronaut with veteran NASA astronaut Winston Scott has been expanded. Enjoy a selection of food and beverages while listening to Scott talk about launching into space and what it’s like to live and work off our home planet. Available as a package with admission for those who have purchased a launch viewing package, or as an add-on for those without a package, this chat with an astronaut is August 29 at 2:00 p.m. only.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE

These other events remain open on launch day:

  • LEGO® Education Go For Launch Experience
  • NASA Artemis I Special Launch
  • Artemis Mission Manual Scavenger Hunt

The event and launch information was correct at the time of publication. All dates and times are subject to change due to the Artemis I launch schedule.

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