How to watch the Artemis I mission lift off to the moon
Uncrewed Artemis I mission is ready for 2nd attempt. Space Launch System rocket & Orion spacecraft are scheduled to lift off between 2:17 & 4:17 p.m. ET Sat from NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Although there is no crew aboard, the mission is the first step of the Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the moon and eventually land them on Mars.
There is a 60% chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch, with chances increasing to 80% favorable toward the end of the window, weather officer Melody Lovin said during news conference.
Once it launches, the Orion spacecraft will enter a distant retrograde orbit of the moon and travel 40,000 miles beyond it, going farther than any spacecraft intended to carry humans.
Crews will ride aboard Artemis II on a similar trajectory in 2024 & astronauts are slated to arrive at lunar south pole in late 2025. Artemis aims to land first woman & first person of color on moon.
Agency will share live coverage in English & Spanish before, during & after Artemis I launch on its website & on NASA TV. Broadcast will begin at 5:45 a.m. ET as propellant is loaded into SLS rocket.
NASA will conduct a briefing & share first Earth views from cameras aboard the Orion spacecraft. Virtual Telescope Project will attempt to share live views of Orion on its way to moon after launch.