NASA's Artemis I launch to bring us step closer to 'sustainable human footprint on the moon'

NASA's Artemis I mission, set to launch from Kennedy Space Center on Monday, Aug. 29. While there won't be astronauts onboard, mission brings NASA closer to goal of landing humans on moon by 2025. 

This launch will kick off next generation of space missions under the Artemis program, picking up right where the Apollo missions left off. This time the U.S. is not just leaving flags and footprints.

NASA barely scratched the surface scientifically or from an exploration standpoint. They plan to have much more sustainable footprint on the moon and then ultimately use it as a steppingstone to Mars.

NASA's goal is to establish permanent human presence on moon & it could be critical jumping off point for crewed missions to Mars as it contains water and hydrogen needed to create rocket propellant. 

"We have to learn everything so that when we go to Mars, we know what we're going to do.We built the 2 white solid rocket boosters & provide about 75% of launch thrust of the vehicle," Hurley said. 

Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight to orbit the moon to test the spacecraft systems and make sure everything is in order before humans take the ride on Artemis II. 

The mission will last about 42 days. After orbiting the moon, the Orion space capsule will splash down in the Pacific Ocean.