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400,000 visitors expected on Space Coast for Artemis I launch, Labor Day weekend

NASA is preparing for its second Artemis launch attempt, set for Saturday afternoon.

Monday’s mission was scrubbed after the launch team wasn’t able to properly chill down one of the SLS rocket’s four main engines.

It was initially estimated there would be 100,000 to 200,000 visitors for Monday’s launch attempt. Now, Brevard County could see as many as 400,000 visitors flocking to areas like Titusville until they reach capacity.

Traffic congestion is a given as crowds try to witness the launch of the first-ever integrated flight of NASA’s SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft on an uncrewed mission around the moon.

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The Space Coast Office of Tourism is hoping some visitors will linger and avoid the post launch rush home.

NASA’s Space Launch System rocket is currently scheduled for launch at 2:17pm, the start of a two hour window on Saturday, September 3rd.


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