They are coming.
Florida Space Coast tourism officials are anticipating a massive influx of tourists for the upcoming Artemis 1 lunar mission, NASA’s first launch. space launch system missiles. “Space Coast” is a term given to the area of Florida where both Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Space Station Located.
“First-time launch viewers should start planning their Space Coast vacation now to get ready. Many beachfront hotels have already been sold out for the Artemis launch attempts, but there are still rooms available on the mainland,” said Peter Cranis, CEO. For Florida’s Space Office of Tourism, he told Space.com. “There are plenty of viewing sites to choose from, and we recommend getting to your chosen spot early to find parking and keeping backup sites in mind. There will be plenty of traffic before and after the launch, so visitors should make sure they take any bathroom breaks before and after the launch. the journey, and provide the car with snacks or ways to entertain the children, and fill their patience.”
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Kranis added that Artemis 1 launch viewers should “remember to wear sunscreen, and download the SpaceCoastLaunches app.” (Opens in a new tab), and watch the official social media news of NASA and the Space Coast Tourism Bureau for updates. If you post any photos or videos on social media, please use #SpaceCoast so we can see and possibly share them. “
Kranes said that while it’s difficult to tell first-time launch viewers what to expect, the written history of the Cape Space Shuttle launch can give us a hint of what the Artemis 1 launch will be like. “It’s hard to say what to expect just because that’s the flight The first is for the SLS, but we were told it would look and feel like shuttle launches because of the massive power,” he told Space.com. “That would include roars and windows shaking from a very far distance away. Although you can watch a missile launch via video or even from across the state on a clear day, nothing beats hearing and feeling the launch up close. Space Coast is the only beach that doubles as As a launch pad, we are excited about the next chapter in human spaceflight and space exploration.”
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Florida reported today that officials expect more than 100,000 tourists to come to Florida when the space agency plans to launch the massive 200-foot (61-meter) rocket on August 3. 29 (or on placeholder backup dates of September 3 and 5). Artemis 1 will launch from Launch Pad 39B in KSC on an uncrewed test flight that will put the Orion spacecraft into lunar orbit for six to 19 days before returning to Earth. The mission will be a baseline test for NASA’s future manned Artemis missions.
“We’re expecting huge crowds at the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex for the upcoming Artemis launch,” said Therin Prutz, chief operating officer of the visitor complex, according to Florida Today. Protz added that KSC will be offering “special viewing packages for the Artemis launch that will include some of the earliest public viewing opportunities with premium experiences such as live commentary from space experts and access to selected galleries and attractions.”
Kranis said that other missions like the last SpaceX Dragon Crew The launches have attracted equally large numbers of visitors, with some crowds reaching 250,000. Fortunately, the surrounding county has more than 10,000 hotel rooms and 4,500 vacation rentals, but there will also be plenty of other visitors driving for the launch. Without the need to reserve accommodation.
It’s not just about excited launch watchers for the upcoming Artemis 1 mission. Mike Bolger, director of KSC’s Exploration Ground Systems, Florida, told TODAY that even KSC employees are feeling hype from anticipation of the launch. “The heightened sense of energy and excitement that has been steadily building around Kennedy and among our workforce in the past year is palpable,” Bolger said. “The sense of anticipation is growing every day as we get closer to launching this amazing rocket and spacecraft.”
The entire center is counting down to launch day, said Janet Petro, director of the Kuwait Stock Exchange. “You can see it in people’s faces, you can hear it in their voices, and when we stand together with our eyes to the sky on launch day, I don’t think there will be a feeling in the world like that.”