Artemis 1 sits on launch pad 39B at night

Artemis 1 sits on Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center 

Artemis 1 is Ready to Launch the Next Era of Space Exploration!

NASA has decided to roll Artemis-1 back to the VAB due to weather concerns over the coming days. We will provide options for the next launch attempt dates as they become available. For more information, check here. 

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𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗘𝗠𝗜𝗦 𝗟𝗔𝗨𝗡𝗖𝗛 𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖 𝗔𝗗𝗩𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗥𝗬: 𝗘𝗫𝗣𝗘𝗖𝗧 𝗗𝗘𝗟𝗔𝗬𝗦

The Space Coast is anticipating between 100,000-200,000 people are expected to descend on Brevard County for the #Artemis launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on September 03, 2022, with a 2 hour launch window opening at 2:17 pm. While we know Space Coast residents and visitors are excited for this historic launch, there is no doubt road users will be impacted by heavy traffic congestion. In addition to the launch, this is a holiday weekend that will add to the influx of people on our roadways. Please plan accordingly. Here are some traffic tips leading up to this epic event and check out the @FDOTCentralFlorida outbound post-launch traffic map:

𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰 𝗧𝗶𝗽𝘀:

  • If you live or work in the north, central, and beachside areas, plan accordingly and stay off the roadways if possible to avoid traffic congestion.
  • If you must travel along these corridors, please plan for extra commute time to work and school
  • Consider running errands over the weekend before the launch to avoid traffic.
  • ALWAYS watch for and yield to pedestrians/bicyclists crossing. There will be heavy foot traffic especially along our beaches.
  • Obey ALL traffic laws. Do not run red lights, speed, or drive distracted.
  • Once the launch is completed traffic will be funneled from East on SR 528 to A1A South and then to SR 520.
  • NASA badging may move west on SR 405/NASA causeway earlier in the day, so beware inbound traffic may not be able to proceed east on SR 405/NASA after US-1, without proper credentials

NASA's Artemis-1 Live Launch Coverage begins 2 hours before the scheduled launch window opens
 

 

*Disclaimer: All launches are subject to cancellation, rescheduling, or "scrub," at any time, for any reason.  Space Coast Office of Tourism has no control over this event, we only offer resources for planning visitation during a launch attempt

Viewing Locations

If you’re making your way to the Space Coast to experience the worlds most powerful rocket, there are some very important factors to consider.

Parking on the sides of highways and on causeways is extremely dangerous and strictly prohibited.

Launch Viewing Location Map

Check out this map of our favorite spots to watch a rocket launch on the Space Coast. Please keep in mind the considerations noted above when choosing your ideal launch viewing location. 

Beachside Viewing

Heading to the beach is a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the launch; however, parking spots on popular beach access points fill up quickly. Plan to be here early to secure your spot in the lot and on the sand. 

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FDOT Outbound Traffic Flow Map

FDOT Outbound Traffic Flow map for the Space Coast's Artemis 1 launch

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Titusville

Titusville Police want to advise motorists to slow down in launch viewing areas, especially on U.S.#1, State Road 406 along the A. Max Brewer Bridge, and all surrounding areas.

All lanes on the A. Max Brewer Bridge will be closed immediately after launch for approximately 1 hour, allowing for pedestrian traffic to cross over safely. Additionally, please refer to real-time updates on social media @TitusvillePDTitusvilleFLPDTitusvillePD.org, and Titusville_PD for the latest information on a potential bridge closing to motor vehicle traffic BEFORE the launch.

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For more information on Titusville's plans, visit the city website

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Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral Parking plan for Artemis-1

 

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Jetty Park 

Jetty Park will be open for launch viewing. 

  • The Park opens at 7:00 AM
  •  Lot will close at 100% capacity
  • Parking is limited to electronic passholders. SATURDAY DAY PASSES ARE SOLD OUT!!!!!
  • Annual passholders will be admitted until they reach capacity
  • There will be 4 ships in Port on Saturday with about 30-35,000 passengers debarking and embarking cruise ships, please plan accordingly for the increased traffic
  • For more on Jetty Park and Port Canaveral parking, boat ramps and traffic, visit their site.

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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

For safety reasons, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Mosquito Lagoon south of the Biolab will be closed. See their Facebook post for more information.

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Cocoa Village

Cocoa Village has multiple viewing locations along the Indian River. Here's a map of public parking in the area.

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Park Viewing

There are several parks throughout the Space Coast perfect for launch viewing. Plan to arrive early as parking spaces are limited.

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Viewing By Boat

Viewing rocket launches from a boat on the Indian River Lagoon or the Atlantic Ocean is a fun and unique way to witness history. 

Mariners and pilots can learn about launch hazard areas and restrictions by calling (800) 470-7232. The United States Coast Guard broadcasts this information on Marine Band Channel 16.

Check boat ramp access status by searching for Brevard County, FL US with the FWC Boat Ramp Status App.  It's extremely important to become familiar with and adhere to the Boater Safety and Security Zones in place by the Coast Guard. More information including a map of Security Zones will be updated as it becomes available.

US Coast Guard and Homeland Security Navigation Center

The Coast Guard has established two observation areas for anyone planning to watch the launch from the water, and they released this statement regarding the original August 29 launch attempt: 

"On the morning of Monday, August 29th, NASA SLS ARTEMIS 1 will be launching. The U.S. Coast Guard has established two observation areas for anyone planning to watch the launch from the water, fish, recreate, or simply transit the area. The USCG cannot let vessels enter the Security and Safety Zones or Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) due to the potential threat leading up to and during the launch of the rocket. All boaters wishing to view the launch must remain south of 28-24”N line or north of 28-44”N line.

Remember to bring all safety gear and boating essential equipment to ensure your safety while on the water."

It is expected that a new statement and map should be released soon.

See their Facebook page for additional details 

 

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is one of the closest places you can see a launch from stay tuned for ticket information.

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Live Streaming Options

Skip the traffic and crowds by streaming the launch of Artemis 1.

  • Download the Launch Console App on Google Play or Apple App Store for accurate and up-to-date push notifications, a real-time, up-to-the-second countdown clock, a live video feed, and a compass to point where to view in the sky.
  • Check out Space Coast Launches for a live feed from NASA and United Launch Alliance the day of the launch. 
  • Watch the NASA Live for direct live streaming from NASA the day of the launch.

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Audio-only launch coverage

Tune into 90.7 FM  or 1350 AM for a radio broadcast of Artemis 1. 

Audio only of launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing (321) 867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on (321) 867-7135. Launch will also be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz heard within Brevard County.

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Traffic Considerations

Historic spaceflight has always drawn large crowds to the Space Coast. Our county works hard to direct the flow of traffic. If you choose to visit the Space Coast to witness the launch of Artemis 1, expect traffic and considerable delays. Make sure that you have all the essential items you need for an extended trip including important medication, water, food, and gasoline. 

Sign Up For Traffic and Emergency Alerts

Stay up to date with traffic and launch conditions by texting BrevardEOC to 888-777 for SMS alerts. You can also connect with Brevard County Emergency Management's social media for important notifications on your preferred social platform. 

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Planning Your Trip

There are many ways you can enjoy your trip to the Space Coast to see the Artemis 1 launch. Check out these great activities for your family to make the most of your rocket launch experience.  

Our Visitor Update page contains further information regarding restaurants and city-specific guidelines so you can make the most informed decisions for your family when you choose to travel to the Space Coast. 

Hotels

Beachfront hotels are an ideal viewing area for any launch. These extended stay accommodations are great for people who like to plan ahead. They ensure you will have a front-row seat to beach viewing access, a private bathroom and a place to enjoy some of the great takeout options the Space Coast has to offer. Find and book a room here. 

More Information About This Historic Flight

Disclaimer: We are doing our best to keep this information up-to-date and accurate. At the time of publication, this information is factual. Please understand that details are subject to change at any time. 

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 Coast Guard boat viewing areas for September 3 Artemis 1 Launch Attempt

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