On Friday June 24th, NASA held a press briefing about the wet dress rehearsal which took place earlier that week. Teams of engineers and scientists involved told us that they were satisfied with the data that they had gathered and that the rocket (SLS, or Space Launch System) and the Orion capsule full assembly had passed their wet dress rehearsal. The rocket will return to the Vehicle Assembly Building for more final checks, and then they will move in to the next phase of the project- to prepare the rocket for launch to the Moon! Soon we will have a launch date, the next big step in returning humans to the Moon. Exciting times indeed and I’ll keep you posted of updates as they are released.
BLOG: Details of my trip to NASA for the first rollout of the SLS/Orion assembly on March 17th here.
VIDEO: Take a tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building with Niamh, where the spacecraft was assembled.
Niamh’s feature on NASA Artemis in the April 2022 edition of BBC Sky at Night magazine