The POT is about to make the first launch of its next-generation rocket and spacecraft on a long-awaited lunar mission, and you can watch the entire event online.
The Artemis I missionwhich is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, August 29, will usher in a new era of space exploration as NASA contemplates long manned stays on the Moon and the first astronaut trip to Mars.
The Monday 29 launch involves the 98-meter-high Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket NASA has ever built, and the Orion spacecraft, the space agency’s next-generation manned capsule.
The SLS rocket will send the uncrewed Orion vehicle on a 42-day test flight that will see it perform a flyby of the moon, taking the capsule 62 miles from the lunar surface. It will then return to Earth for a splashdown off the California coast.
A successful Artemis I mission will pave the way for Artemis II, which will take the same route, only this time, with astronauts on board. Then, as early as 2025, Artemis III will strive to put the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface in what will be the first lunar landing by astronauts since the final Apollo mission in 1972.
If you’re not lucky enough to be able to make your way to the Space Coast to see the launch in person, just find a comfortable seat at home and watch it from there.
Artemis I is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:33 am ET on Monday, August 29. Coverage of the buildup, including the rocket fueling process, will begin at 6:30 a.m.
You can watch a live stream of the event using the embedded video player at the top of this page or by going to NASA LiveTVwhich will broadcast the same stream.
In addition to what promises to be a spectacular rocket launch, the live stream will also cover the separation of the rocket’s core stage, the deployment of Orion’s solar wing, and various burns and maneuvers that will take place in the 90 minutes or so afterward. for the SLS to take off. After that, Orion will have a six-week trip to the Moon and back.
If, for some reason, NASA is unable to launch on Monday, two more launch opportunities are available on September 2 and 5.