The countdown for liftoff of NASA’s first Space Launch System moon rocket, the most powerful launcher ever to fly from U.S. soil, was scrubbed Monday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after teams encountered an issue conditioning one of the four main engines. The next opportunity to launch will be Saturday, Sept. 3. The 32-story-tall rocket will boost a human-rated Orion crew capsule on an unpiloted journey around the moon and back to Earth.
Spaceflight Now took an aerial tour around the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the days before the scheduled launch of NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket. These images captured by Walter Scriptunas II show the the powerful moon rocket on its launch pad, plus SpaceX’s ongoing work to ready the spaceport for the huge commercial Starship rocket.
SpaceX hauled another 54 Starlink internet satellites into orbit Saturday night from Cape Canaveral, setting a record for the heaviest payload ever launched by a Falcon 9 rocket. The launch occurred days after SpaceX and T-Mobile unveiled plans to use a new generation of Starlink spacecraft to provide ubiquitous connectivity to existing cell phones.