NASA launches two-day countdown for Artemis I mission
The Artemis I rocket is scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center Monday between 8:33 a.m. and 10:33 a.m. ET, assuming the weather is favorable. The stack, made up of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft, is 322 feet tall (98 meters high).
The Artemis I mission is the first step in NASA’s plan to return humans to the Moon, 50 years after the last manned trip to the Moon. If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will orbit the moon, traveling 1.3 million miles in just 42 days, before crashing off the coast of California in October.
The launch will set the stage for NASA’s goal of landing the first woman and first person of color on the moon by 2025 – and eventually, to tackle human exploration of Mars.