NASA’s next Artemis I lunar launch attempt – as you can watch live TOMORROW

NASA’s largest rocket to date will lift off tomorrow for the first time in a month-long journey around the moon.

Wherever you are in the world, you can watch the launch live online as Nasa launches an unmanned spacecraft into the sky.

Nasa's Orion capsule on the Space Launch System rocket


Nasa’s Orion capsule on the Space Launch System rocketPhoto credit: AFP

How to watch Artemis II live

Artemis I is scheduled for liftoff at 2:17 p.m. EST (7:17 p.m. UK time) from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to travel to the Sunshine State to watch the launch in person.

For those of us who can’t get there, Nasa is broadcasting the launch live on theirs website and official YouTube channel.

The Virtual Telescope Project (VTP) will attempt to capture an image of Orion in the night sky over Italy less than two hours after launch.

You can see this live stream on the VTP website.

What is Artemis I?

Artemis I is the first part of NASA’s highly anticipated campaign to bring humans back to the moon.

After years of delays, it was finally due to launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, August 29.

However, the launch date was pushed back to September 3 due to a failure to refuel the mission’s space launch system mega rocket.

When flight finally resumes, the rocket will launch an unmanned Orion capsule beyond Earth orbit.

The capsule, loaded with scientific instruments and some mannequins, will then be detached and a 42-day tour of space will begin.

It will travel around the moon and back to simulate lunar flight, which will eventually be performed by a team of astronauts.

The flight allows testing of hardware ahead of NASA’s plan to land the first woman and first black person on the moon by 2025.

This manned mission is referred to as Artemis III and much remains to be done before it can take place.

The spaceship Artemis I explained

Artemis I is not a manned mission. It will orbit the moon to test three key components ahead of manned missions later this decade.

These are Nasa’s Space Launch System (SLS), the Orion Capsule and the European Service Module (ESM).

Built by the European Space Agency, the ESM is Orion’s propulsion unit, giving it the juice it needs to reach Earth’s rocky satellite.

The Orion spacecraft and ESM should come within 62 miles of the lunar surface and then travel 40,000 miles beyond.

Once orbiting the dark side of the moon, the spacecraft will return to Earth and land in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego.

Nasa completed a “wet dress rehearsal” of the SLS back in March and has changed the proposed launch date several times.

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