Out-of-this-world sight: 2 rockets stand side-by-side at Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s SLS rocket for Artemis I mission, SpaceX Falcon 9 spotted together at Launch Complex 39

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Geek out, space fans!

For the first time in more than a decade, rockets are occupying both pads at Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Space Coast.

NASA’s Space Launch System, the world’s most powerful rocket, is parked at pad 39-B while a SpaceX Falcon 9 stands right next to it on 39-A. The SLS rocket is preparing for its first flight as part of the Artemis missions.

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Artemis I is the first in a series of missions that will enable human exploration to the moon and Mars. The Falcon 9 rocket will send Axiom 1, the first all-private crew, to the space station as early as Friday.

The last time such a sight was visible? In 2009, when two space shuttles were docked side by side.

News 6 reporter James Sparvero recorded video (see above) of the rockets in all their glory.