/SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch marks new year for space exploration at Cape Canaveral – WESH 2 Orlando

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch marks new year for space exploration at Cape Canaveral – WESH 2 Orlando


With the successful launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 Thursday afternoon, the 2022 launch season has officially kicked off. And it’s going to be a busy one.A great deal of the focus at the Kennedy Space Center this year will be deep space exploration, bigger rockets and the moon.“Everything on the Cape is really starting to pop. There are a number of launches back to the moon. Which is exciting because we have not put anything on the moon in a very long time. And the moon is a big target because the Russians are going back, the Japanese, the South Koreans, the Indians. So the moon is going to be busy this year,” Dale Ketcham of Space Florida said.For NASA, Artemis is the program with the moon in its sights. It won’t be touching down on the lunar surface this year. But it will make its first test launch and flight around the moon, but this time without astronauts. It’s the biggest spaceship of its kind, and it’s set to launch in March.Today’s SpaceX Falcon 9 launch kicked off the year at the Kennedy Space Center. It launched another batch of their Starlink satellites.While it’s not a new part of the ongoing internet satellite program, the way it’s getting up to orbit has not been used that often from the Cape. Only being used a few times since the 1960s.It was a polar launch which means more people in southern Florida could see it. Future launches at night will have the same effect.“There’ll be great views. And that will really help to bring the people in south Florida, better appreciate that they are too stakeholders in the space program in Florida,” Ketcham said.

With the successful launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 Thursday afternoon, the 2022 launch season has officially kicked off.

And it’s going to be a busy one.

A great deal of the focus at the Kennedy Space Center this year will be deep space exploration, bigger rockets and the moon.

“Everything on the Cape is really starting to pop. There are a number of launches back to the moon. Which is exciting because we have not put anything on the moon in a very long time. And the moon is a big target because the Russians are going back, the Japanese, the South Koreans, the Indians. So the moon is going to be busy this year,” Dale Ketcham of Space Florida said.

For NASA, Artemis is the program with the moon in its sights. It won’t be touching down on the lunar surface this year.

But it will make its first test launch and flight around the moon, but this time without astronauts. It’s the biggest spaceship of its kind, and it’s set to launch in March.

Today’s SpaceX Falcon 9 launch kicked off the year at the Kennedy Space Center. It launched another batch of their Starlink satellites.

While it’s not a new part of the ongoing internet satellite program, the way it’s getting up to orbit has not been used that often from the Cape. Only being used a few times since the 1960s.

It was a polar launch which means more people in southern Florida could see it. Future launches at night will have the same effect.

“There’ll be great views. And that will really help to bring the people in south Florida, better appreciate that they are too stakeholders in the space program in Florida,” Ketcham said.

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