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NASA SLS | Artemis I

August 29, 2022 8:33 a.m.

Launch Pad 39B • Kennedy Space Center

The maiden flight of NASA’s Artemis I mission is one of the most anticipated launches in years. All guests attending the launch from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex must have pre-purchased launch ticket packages.. All launch viewing packages are mission specific and the launch date and time are subject to change without notice. Packages are non-transferable and non-refundable. Please familiarize yourself with the cleaning policy specific to this launch.

Important Information for Launch Day

Arrive here

  • The Visitor Complex opens our parking lot at 3:30 a.m., then the main entrance at 4:00 a.m.
  • Local elected officials prepare for substantial increase in traffic leading up to launch. Significant traffic impacts are expected throughout the area, particularly between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.. Please check local routes early and expect heavy traffic and delays. Local traffic maps and more information are available here.
  • NASA security checkpoints are located a few miles from the entrance to the visitor complex. Have your ticket ready for presentation at NASA security checkpoints. If you do not have your ticket, you will not be permitted to proceed to the Visitor Complex.
  • Directions – Access to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is permitted via State Route 405 in Titusville or State Route 3 in Merritt Island. Once you arrive at the Visitor Complex, park in the guest parking lot and walk towards the entrance.

When you are there

  • The visitor complex has magnetometers like an airport. Be prepared to have your belongings inspected. Security will check each person via metal detectors and open each bag, so please expect delays. Please read the security policy carefully:
    • The following items are permitted on the property : soft-sided coolers, blankets and collapsible camping/umbrella-style folding chairs carried in shoulder bags. We also encourage you to bring insect repellent and sunscreen. All personal items must fit with you in your seat on the bus.
    • The following items are not permitted on the property : hard coolers, luggage or other bulky bags, firearms of any type (with or without a license), ammunition (live or used), pepper sprays/mace, knives, box cutters or similar objects, daggers and similar bladed weapons, laser pointers, large beach umbrellas, on-site cooking or grilling items, any other sharp/pointed items (including sharp scissors) are not permitted.
    • Please obtain a daily schedule once you arrive at the visitor complex for a complete list of times and activities. Most exhibits and shows in the Visitor Complex will be open on launch day, along with all food and retail venues. There will also be a few food trucks on site for additional options. The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour will begin operating two hours after launch. Therefore, we recommend that you plan to take the tour offers the days before or after the launch attempt.
    • Keep your tickets. In the event of a date change, your ticket will be required to access the Visitor Complex on subsequent launch attempt days. If the launch is rescheduled, please refer to KennedySpaceCenter.com for hours of operation and arrival times.

Date changes due to launch delay

  • The launch viewing packages you purchased to view the launch are mission specific (example: NASA’s Artemis I mission), not a particular date.
  • Many different factors can cause the planned launch date to change. Launch times and date, as well as opening hours are subject to change.
  • Launch viewing ticket packages are non-refundable.


Artemis I is the first test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems, with the Orion spacecraft throw at the top of the massif Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. This mission is the first in a series of missions aimed at demonstrating NASA’s ability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.

Information for Feel the Heat package holders

  • After entering the visitor complex, keep right and navigate to the bus boarding area, located behind the “Bus Tours” sign.
  • Bus boarding to your launch location begins at 5:30 AM and ends approximately 1.5 hours before launch. We cannot guarantee that you will be transported to the viewing area if you do not arrive at the bus boarding time between this time. If you arrive early, explore the open attractions.
  • Don’t throw away your ticket. You’ll need it if the launch doesn’t happen, resulting in a second launch attempt, and for your return visit after launch.

Information for Feel the Fun pass holders

  • The Feel the Fun viewing location is located to the left of the space shuttle Atlantis.
  • Check-in starts at 5:00 a.m. We recommend arriving early and exploring the open attractions if you have more time.
  • Don’t throw away your ticket. You’ll need it if the launch doesn’t happen, resulting in a second launch attempt, and for your return visit after launch.

Information for Main Visitor Complex pass holders

  • Once inside the visitor complex, you will see various maps and signs indicating the various designated viewing locations. Although you can view the launch from anywhere in the Visitor Complex, these locations will have live launch commentary and video feeds beginning approximately three hours before launch.
  • Don’t throw away your ticket. You’ll need it if the launch doesn’t happen, resulting in a second launch attempt, and for your return visit after launch.

NASA SLS Artemis I NET August 29, 2022 | 8:33 a.m. EDT

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