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ARTEMIS: Returning to the moon

Viewing Sites
Where to see a launch

From Port Canaveral to the Indian River Lagoon to the beaches, there are many easy-to-access sites along the Space Coast to watch Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral rocket launches. Florida's Space Coast has a great list of more than a dozen rocket launch viewing sites, with descriptions and maps. Check it out here!


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  • Date: Thursday, June 01, 2023
  • Vehicle: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket
  • Mission: Starlink Group 6-4
  • Launch Site: Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
  • Launch Window: 7:04 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. ET
  • Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2023
  • Vehicle: ULA's Delta IV Heavy
  • Mission: NROL-68 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office
  • Launch Site: Space Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
  • Launch Window: TBD

  • Date: No Earlier Than June 2023
  • Vehicle: United Launch Alliance's Vulcan VC2 rocket
  • Mission: Peregrine Mission One lunar lander & Kuiper satellites
  • Launch Site: Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
  • Launch Window: TBA

  • Date: No Earlier Than July 21
  • Vehicle: Boeing's Starliner
  • Mission: NASA's Boeing Crew Flight Test
  • Launch Site: TBA
  • Launch Window: TBA

  • Date: Summer 2023
  • Vehicle: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket
  • Mission: Polaris Dawn
  • Launch Site: Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center
  • Launch Window: TBA

  • Date: No Earlier Than Oct. 05, 2023
  • Vehicle: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket
  • Mission: NASA's asteroid-bound Psyche mission
  • Launch Site: TBA
  • Launch Window: TBA

  • Date: TBD
  • Vehicle: ULA's Altas V rocket
  • Mission: Boeing Starliner CST-100 Crewed Flight Test
  • Launch Site: Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
  • Launch Window: TBD

(Sources: SpaceX, NASA, United Launch Alliance, Space Launch Delta 45, Boeing, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Next Spaceflight, Lockheed Martin, FireFly Aerospace, Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin)
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Space shuttle Atlantis retired to Kennedy Space Center

ATLANTIS: Kennedy Space Center

  • Space shuttle Atlantis launched on its last mission at 11:29 a.m. July 8, 2011.
  • The shuttle program ended with the landing of Atlantis on Thursday, July 21 at 5:57 a.m.
  • Atlantis was NASA's fourth space shuttle orbiter to join the fleet.
Retired space shuttle Endeavour arrives at its new home in California

ENDEAVOUR: California Science Center, Los Angeles

  • Space shuttle Endeavour launched on its final mission Monday, May 16, 2011.
  • After a journey of 6.5 million miles, the orbiter landed for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Retired space shuttle Discovery

DISCOVERY: Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

  • Discovery was NASA's reliable workhorse, spending more than a quarter century carrying crews, satellites and space station parts.
  • In 1990, Discovery carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit.
  • Final flight: Feb. 24, 2011.
Prototype space shuttle Enterprise arrives in New York City for its retirement

ENTERPRISE: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York City

  • Enterprise was a prototype shuttle, rolling out of a California assembly facility on Sept. 17, 1976. After its success, Columbia became the 1st shuttle in space.
  • It was originally to be named Constitution, but a write-in campaign by fans of the TV show Star Trek got it renamed.

SOURCES: Information and images on this page are from NASA, United Launch Alliance and SpaceX.