NASA and the Artemis II Crew have conducted a launch day demo at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as preparations for launch start to ramp up with the beginning of Artemis II ground system testing.
The Artemis II crew and teams at NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems have successfully completed the first in a series of integrated ground tests at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida!
NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, and Christina Koch, along with CSA (Canadian Space Agency) astronaut Jeremy Hansen, practiced the procedures they will undergo on launch day to prepare for their ride to space.
The crew awoke at their crew quarters inside Kennedy’s Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkouts building before putting on test versions of the Orion crew survival system spacesuits they will wear on launch day.
They then departed in NASA’s new Artemis crew transporation fleet to take them to Launch Pad 39B, traversing the nine-mile journey to the pad. Wiseman and Glover headed over in the first electric vehicle as Koch and Hansen followed them in the second.
Upon arrival at the pad, the crew headed onto the mobile launcher and proceeded up the tower to the white room inside the crew access arm. From this area, the astronauts will have access to enter and exit the Orion spacecraft – only for this test, there was no Orion or SLS (Space Launch System) rocket.
“When we walked out that crew access arm, I just had images of all those Apollo launches and shuttle launches that I saw as a kid and it was unreal...I actually had to stop and just stay in the moment to really let it all sink in.” - Victor Glover, Artemis 2 Pilot
With a successful completion of this test both the crew and the ground systems teams are prepared and understand the timeline of their events for launch day.
The Artemis II crew have crossed the crew access arm and are in the white room with fellow NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and closeout team members.
The Artemis II crew have arrived to Launch Pad 39B and have enter the mobile launcher and are proceeding to the crew access arm.
The Artemis II Crew are being transported aboard NASA New Crew Transporation Vehicles fromAstronaut Crew Quarters at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to Launch Pad 39B.
Just like a normal launch day, the crew is protected by a security detail on the ground and in the sky.
The Artemis II crew have walked out of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building and are headed to say goodbye to those gathered outside before boarding their Artemis crew transportation vehicles.
The Artemis II crew have suited up inside the Astronaut Crew Quarters at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The crew are wearing the latest test versions of the Orion crew survival system spacesuits which they will wear on launch day.
NASA are preparing to conduct a launch day demo with the Artemis II crew and support teams as they begin Artemis II Ground System Testing at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Follow along for updates throughout todays launch day demo, but first lets meet the crew of Artemis II