The countdown to NASA’s big mission to the moon comes to an end in a few hours from now! Artemis is ready to turn dreams into reality by returning the humanity to the Moon – and further!
Today – Monday, Aug. 29 – the uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System with the Orion spacecraft will launch into space for a journey around the far side of the Moon and back. Along the way it will conduct revolutionary research that will lay the path ahead for future crewed Artemis missions to the Moon and eventually on to Mars.
Artemis I is the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. With Artemis I, NASA sets the stage for human exploration into deep space, where astronauts will build and begin testing the systems near the Moon needed for lunar surface missions and exploration to other destinations farther from Earth, including Mars. With Artemis, NASA will collaborate with industry and international partners to establish long-term exploration for the first time.
A great journey for humanity and its future begins today to take our world one step further, to connect us again with our Universe.
Watch the rocket launch live here: