Thirty-three years after the historic Apollo mission, NASA is set to once again send astronauts to the Moon with the launch of its Artemis I on August 29. The joint SLS-Orion spacecraft will take off from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. To send an uncrewed capsule around the Moon and back to Earth on a six-week test flight called Artemis I.
After separating from the rocket’s upper stage at a distance of more than 2,300 miles (3,700 km) from Earth, Orion’s thrusters will send the capsule on its outbound course, traveling about 40,000 miles before making it closer to the lunar surface by 60 miles or so. Will bring you closer to 100 km. 64,400 km) beyond the Moon and back to Earth. The capsule is scheduled to splash down in the Pacific Ocean on October 10.
During the Artemis I mission, Orion will travel more than 40,000 miles to the Moon in flight tests with the SLS rocket.
Orion will carry an excited crew consisting of one male and two female mannequins that will be equipped with sensors to measure the level of radiation that a real-life crew would encounter. NASA plans to land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon through its Artemis mission.
The trip is intended to have the SLS vehicle undergo a rigorous test before it is considered ready to carry astronauts.
How and where to watch?
Artemis I launch schedule
NASA will start broadcasting launch While loading propellant into the SLS at 9.30 a.m. on Monday, August 29. After the launch around 6:03 IST, the space agency will share mission updates with its top officials including Bill Nelson, Artemis mission manager Mike Sarafin and other important Artemis officials. Beginning August 30, the live stream will switch to coverage of Orion’s outbound trajectory.