NASA’s Massive Space Launch System (SLS) is almost ready for liftoff after being delayed by an engine leak last week. The highly anticipated rocket launch is a decade in the making and marks the return of NASA’s crewed missions to the Moon. The mission will be called Artemis I, and although there will be no astronauts on board during this launch, it will serve as a test for the future mission of putting the first woman and first man on the moon.
During its first launch, SLS will send NASA’s Orion capsule into space, where it will make a voyage around the moon that will take 39 to 42 days. Last month, NASA spun off a 322-foot rocket to launch pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida — a four-mile journey that took about 10 hours.
Now that the rocket has reached its launch pad, here’s how and when it will be launched into space.
When will NASA’s Artemis I be launched?
NASA plans to launch the SLS rocket on Saturday, September 3, 2022. It has a two-hour launch window starting at 2:17PM ET. This means the rocket will take off anytime between 2:17PM ET and 4:17PM ET, assuming no delays.
How can I watch the Artemis Eye launch live?
If you can’t make it to the launch in person, NASA is streaming it live from its website, YouTube channel, and the NASA app.
The mission also includes some other paths to follow. On August 28, NASA will launch a special website called the Artemis Real-Time Orbit Website (AROW) that will allow the public to track the mission as it happens. You can get some updates from Alexa-enabled devices and even watch a live stream of the launch. Amazon will fly a version of Alexa on this mission.
What can I expect at launch?
Apart from the launch, NASA plans to have some special guests during the broadcast. It included performances from Jack Black, Chris Evans and Keke Palmer as well as a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Josh Groban and Herbie Hancock.
Update September 3, 8:38AM ET: Updated to reflect NASA’s new launch time.