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Watch Live: NASA Artemis 1 rocket begins pre-launch rollout

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NASA's SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft are prepared to roll from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Tuesday. The booster and spacecraft have been readied for the maiden flight of the Artemis Program. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/034bc8df15e0f1ce7fa25893af446add/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
NASA's SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft are prepared to roll from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Tuesday. The booster and spacecraft have been readied for the maiden flight of the Artemis Program. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 16 (UPI) -- NASA began rolling out its Space Launch System rocket to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday night, ahead of its premiere flight later this month.

The uncrewed test flight is part of the plan to return man to the moon.

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NASA live-streamed the rollout of the Artemis I Moon rocket, the largest ever built by NASA, on Launch Pad 39B. The movement was expected to start by 9 p.m. EDT but did not begin until 10 p.m. following a delay.

NASA is targeting Aug. 29 for the launch of the rocket.

"Over the weekend, the team completed testing of the flight termination system, which marked the final major activity prior to closing out the rocket and retracting the final access platforms in the VAB," NASA said in a statement.

The flight termination system has given the agency problems in the leadup to the launch. The system is meant to destroy the rocket in the event of an emergency.

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The rollout is occurring two days earlier than originally planned. It represents the final prelaunch test before the scheduled launch.

The test flight will remain in space for 42 days before returning to Earth.

"#Artemis I won't just be the first integrated flight test of @NASA_SLS and @NASA_Orion - the mission will also present an opportunity to fly lunar science payloads to the Moon," NASA wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

The 322-foot SLS rocket and its Orion capsule will take several hours to reach the launch pad. The live stream started at 3 p.m. EDT on the space center's YouTube channel.

NASA's biggest rocket, SLS, gets ready for moon mission

For protection from the effects of Hurricane Ian, NASA's SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft roll back to the Vehicle Assembly Building from Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on September 27, 2022. The booster and spacecraft will ride out the storm inside the facility where NASA Engineers will prepare the vehicle for the maiden launch of the Artemis Program sometime from late October to mid November. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo

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