NASA: 100 thousand people and hotels without a place, the expectation generated by the launch of Artemis I in Florida

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The mission to return to the Moon has begun and the first concrete step will be taken this August 29 when the gigantic Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion coupled capsule are launched, becoming the most powerful rocket that NASA has ever built.

If the weather allows it, the launch will take place at 8:33 am. ETgenerating great expectations among astronomy fans who will seek to get closer to NASA’s Space Coast in Florida.

A Florida Today report indicates that tourism agents expect at least 100,000 visitors for the first rocket window. That is, for the 29th of August, the 2nd of September and the 6th of the same month.

The space feat generates a tourist attraction

Peter Cranis, executive director of the Space Coast Tourism Office, said Brevard County had 10,734 hotel rooms and 4,500 vacation rental units. Obviously, each unit can accommodate more than one person, but those numbers likely won’t be affected by spectators driving in from Orlando, say, to watch the launch without staying overnight.

“Our marketing line is that we are the only beach that works as a launch pad and now that is a message that we can launch because the frequency is very high,” he said. “Being known for that is something that makes us special among our peers who obviously have beaches to promote, but not a space program.”

Managers of a Marriott Courtyard hotel located in that area of ​​the United States pointed out that the capacity (600 rooms) of this lodging center is already almost at its limit for the date.

Those numbers are compared to recent SpaceX Crew Dragon launches, which carry astronauts to the International Space Station from KSC, generating interest among 100,000 and 250,000 visitors to the state of Florida.

The launch of Artemis I forms the first part of a series of flights that the United States will make to return to the Moon. Then the flight will come Artemis 2 will be manned, but the astronauts will not leave the ship once they reach their destination. Finally the Artemis 3 spacecraft will carry the first woman and the first person of African descent to lunar territory.

With the experiences obtained in these trips, it is expected to plan a trip to Mars sometime in the 2030s.

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