NASA’s massive Space Launch System (SLS) is almost ready for liftoff. This highly anticipated rocket launch has been going on for more than a decade and marks NASA’s return to crewed missions to the Moon. This mission is called Artemis I, and although there will be no astronauts on board during this launch, it will serve as a test for the future goal of putting the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon.
On its first launch, the SLS will catapult NASA’s Orion capsule into space, where it will embark on a journey around the Moon that could last 39 to 42 days. Last week, NASA rolled the 322-foot rocket to launch from Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida – a four-mile trip that took nearly 10 hours.
Now that the rocket has hit its launch pad, here’s how and when you can watch it blast off into space.
When is NASA’s Artemis I launched?
NASA plans to launch the SLS rocket on Monday, August 29, 2022. It will have a two-hour launch window beginning at 8:33 a.m. ET. This means the rocket could lift off anytime between 8:33 a.m. ET and 10:33 a.m. ET, if there is no delay.
How can I watch the Artemis I cast live?
If you can’t make it to the launch in person, NASA is streaming it live from its website, YouTube channel, and NASA app. The countdown to launch begins Saturday, August 27 at 10:23 a.m. ET.
There will also be a few other ways to follow the mission. On August 28, NASA will have a specialized website called the Artemis Real-time Orbit Website (AROW) that will allow people to follow the mission as it unfolds. You can also get updates and watch a live stream of the launch from Alexa-enabled devices. Amazon will pilot a version of Alexa aboard the mission.
What can I expect at launch?
Besides the launch itself, NASA plans to have 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” from Josh Groban and Herbie Hancock.