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NASA Artemis launch: 9 great places on Treasure Coast to watch mega moon rocket liftoff

BusinessNASA Artemis launch: 9 great places on Treasure Coast to watch mega moon rocket liftoff

Aug. 30 update:

NASA officials said teams are prepping for a 2:17 p.m. EDT Saturday, Sept. 3, liftoff of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule from pad 39B. It will mark the opening of a two-hour window.

Aug. 29 update:

Scrub! No Artemis I launch today due to technical issues with the Space Launch System rocket at Kennedy Space Center. The next opportunity to fly is Friday, Sept. 2, but only if the technical issues can be resolved in time. Stay tuned at floridspantodspany.com/lspanunchschedule.

Original story posted Aug. 19:

There are many great reasons to live on the Treasure Coast.

A favorite among them is watching rocket launches from our own backyard.

NASA’s highly anticipated Space Launch System rocket, part of the Artemis program, rolled out to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in neighboring Brevard County in anticipation of its Aug. 29 launch.

NASA has three attempts for its SLS rocket launch:

  • Launch window 1: 8:33 to 10:33 a.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 29
  • Launch window 2: 12:48 to 2:48 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day weekend)
  • Launch window 3: 5:12 to 6:32 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day)

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Visibility from the Treasure Coast (Indian River County, St. Lucie County and Martin County) depends on weather conditions. People should make sure not to block traffic or rights of way on bridges and to follow posted rules at beaches.

Here are nine great places to watch a launch on the Treasure Coast.

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House of Refuge beach

Where: 301 S.E. MacArthur Blvd., Stuart

Built in 1875, the House of Refuge Museum, Martin County’s oldest building, sits majestically overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Hutchinson Island. The house, however, is closed because of construction, according to its website.

Info: Visit hsmc-fl.com/house-of-refuge. Click here for House of Refuge pics on Instagram. 

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Wabasso Beach Park

Where: 1808 Wabasso Beach Road, Wabasso (Free parking)

This beach is beautiful and quiet and a hotspot for watching rocket launches. Wabasso is about 61 to 73 miles away from Kennedy Space Center, about 70 to 90 minutes.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with 60 satellites ascends to space as beachgoers watch from Wabasso Beach Park on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Indian River County.

State Road A1A causeway, Stuart

Stuart Causeway has bike access, fishing access and a boat ramp. Stuart, located in Martin County, is south of Brevard, 116 miles away or about two hours drive time from Kennedy Space Center.

The Stuart Causeway Boat Ramp typically is used by fishing guides, recreational boaters and fishermen.

Fort Pierce Inlet

Where: 905 Shorewinds Drive, Fort Pierce

Part of Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, the Fort Pierce Inlet is on North Hutchinson Island. It’s open from 8 a.m. to sundown.

When the weather conditions are just right, kite surfers will gather at the beach just south of the Fort Pierce Inlet.

Sebastian Inlet Park

Where: 9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach

Sebastian Inlet, part of Sebastian Inlet State Park, charges a fee ($8 per vehicle), according to floridspanstspantepspanrks.org.  The park, a popular spot for surfers, swimming and kite surfing, includes a fishing pier.

Ambersands Beach Park

Where: 12566 N. S.R. A1A, Vero Beach

This beach, part of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, has free parking and is open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Visit ircgov.com. 

Turtle nests at Ambersand Beach.

South Beach Park

Where: 1700 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach

This quiet and beautiful beach spot has free parking.

Keep Indian River Beautiful hosts a World Oceans Day cleanup on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at South Beach Park in Vero Beach. World Oceans Day will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, June 8.

Alma Lee Loy Bridge

This bridge that spans the Indian River in Vero Beach, previously known as the 17th Street Bridge, is a hotspot for watching rocket launches.

Alma Lee Loy Bridge in Vero Beach

Merrill Barber Bridge

The Merrill Barber Bridge in Vero Beach spans State Road 60 over the Indian River.

A busy Vero Beach Municipal Marina mooring area is seen from the Merrill Barber Bridge in this Feb. 16, 2022, file photo.

How to watch Artemis I rocket launch from your phone

When and where: If you’re not going to watch NASA’s SLS rocket launch from the Treasure Coast but want to check it out online, you can. FLORIDA TODAY, a sister newspaper to TCPalm, will have full coverage of the launch from its space team, including a live webcast with live tweets and updates, on Aug. 29. at floridspantodspany.com/spspance (you can type this on your browser on your phone) and will feature in-depth coverage from space team reporters Emre Kelly and Jspanmie Groh.

You also can watch coverage via the TCPspanlm spanpp, which is available in the App Store or Google Play. TCPalm is part of the USA TODAY Network.

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