Decibel Level Climbs During Artemis I Launch in Florida

A Florida man captured the decibel levels increasing as NASA successfully launched the Artemis moon rocket, its most powerful ever, from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Wednesday, November 16.

Derek Wise said he captured the rocket’s launch from a press site. The decibel levels on his meter can be seen rising to over 100, similar to the sound of a bulldozer, impact wrench, or motorcycle, according to the US Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence.

Exposure to sounds higher than 110 decibels can cause hearing loss, the HCE says.

The launch was part of a plan to eventually return humans to the moon. NASA aims to send astronauts back to the lunar surface by 2025, more than 50 years after the last mission.

The initial Artemis I launch failed in August due to technical problem, while a second attempt in September was thwarted by a fuel leak. A third planned attempt later the same month was delayed due to Hurricane Ian.

The mission involves using the huge rocket to send an unmanned capsule, Orion, to loop behind the moon. Credit: Derek Wise via Storyful

Video transcript

[CHEERING]

- Oh my god. Do it, do it, do it, do it. Yeah! Yes!

[CHEERING]

Oh my god.

[CHEERING]

[ROCKET ROARING]

- Go! Artemis.

[ROCKET ROARING]