NASA’s massive Space Launch System (SLS) is nearing completion. This highly anticipated rocket launch has been in the works for over a decade and marks NASA’s return to crewed missions to the moon.
This mission is known as Artemis I, and while there will be no astronauts on board, it will serve as a test for the future goal of landing the first woman and person of color on the Moon.
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During its first launch, the SLS will propel NASA’s Orion capsule into space, where it will embark on a 39- to 42-day journey around the Moon. NASA rolled the 322-foot rocket to launch pad 39B at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center last week, a four-mile journey that took nearly ten hours.
Here’s how and when you can watch the rocket lift off into space now that it’s arrived at its launch pad.
WHEN IS NASA’S ARTEMIS I LAUNCH?
NASA plans on launching the SLS rocket on Monday, August 29th, 2022. It will have a two-hour launch window starting at 8:33AM ET. This means the rocket could take off anytime between 8:33AM ET and 10:33AM ET, if there are no delays.
HOW DO I WATCH THE ARTEMIS I LAUNCH LIVE?
If you can’t make it to the launch in person, NASA is livestreaming it from its website, YouTube channel, and the NASA app. The countdown to the launch starts on Saturday, August 27th, at 10:23AM ET.
There will also be a few other ways to follow along on the mission as well. On August 28th, NASA will have a specialized website called the Artemis Real-time Orbit Website (AROW) that will let people track the mission as it happens.
You can also get some updates and watch a livestream of the launch from Alexa-enabled devices. Amazon will be flying a version of Alexa on board the mission.
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WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE LAUNCH?
Aside from the launch itself, NASA is planning to have some special guests during the broadcast. This includes appearances from Jack Black, Chris Evans, and Keke Palmer as well as a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Josh Groban and Herbie Hancock.