NASA’s next Artemis I lunar launch attempt – how to watch live TOMORROW

The largest rocket ever made by NASA will take off for the first time tomorrow for a month-long trip around the moon.

Wherever you are in the world, you can witness the live launch online as NASA launches an unmanned spaceship skyward.

NASA's Orion capsule atop the Space Launch System rocket


NASA’s Orion capsule atop the Space Launch System rocketCredit: AFP

How to watch Artemis Vivo

Artemis I is expected to take off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 2:17 PM EST (7:17 PM UK time).

Tens of thousands of people are expected to make the journey to The Sunshine State to witness the launch in person.

For those of us who can’t get there, NASA is broadcasting the launch live on its 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 watch that live stream on the VTP’s website.

What is Artemis I?

Artemis I is the first part of NASA’s long-awaited campaign to bring humans back to the moon.

After years of delays, August 29 was finally due to be launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Flordia.

However, the launch date has been postponed to September 3 due to an error while powering the mission’s megarocket Space Launch System.

When the flight finally goes on, the rocket will launch an unmanned Orion capsule beyond Earth’s orbit.

The capsule, loaded with scientific instruments and a couple of mannequins, will detach and begin a 42-day space tour.

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

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

That manned mission is called Artemis III and many things have to happen before it can take place.

Explanation of the Artemis I spacecraft

Artemis I is not a manned mission. It will circle the Moon to test three key components before manned missions at the end of this decade.

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

The ESM, built by the European Space Agency, is Orion’s power unit, providing it with the power it needs to reach Earth’s rocky satellite.

The Orion spacecraft and the ESM are expected to arrive within 62 miles of the lunar surface and then travel 40,000 miles beyond it.

Once it has turned the dark side of the moon, the spacecraft will return to Earth, landing in the Pacific off the coast of San Diego.

NASA completed a “costume trial” of the SLS in March and has already changed the proposed launch date several times.

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