We are a few days away from the launch of Artemis I, one of the most exciting missions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Here we explain when and where you can watch the launch. NASA's new mission, Artemis I, will be an unmanned trip around the Moon that will help prepare for future trips to Mars.
When and where to watch the Artemis 1 launch?
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that the launch of Artemis I will be next Monday, August 29th at 7:33 am Mexico City time (8:33 am EDT). The broadcast of the Artemis I launch will be made through NASA's official Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube channels, which are already available to activate the reminder. Around 5 p.m., the Orion spacecraft should be able to take the first pictures of Earth from its point of view.
What do I need to know about the Artemis I launch?
Artemis I, a NASA Space Launch System (SLS) megaloon rocket, will be a test launch to evaluate the performance of the spacecraft, so it will be unmanned. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the spacecraft will be launched on the world's most powerful rocket and will fly farther than any human-built spacecraft has ever flown.
Artemis I arrived at its launch pad on August 17 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States (USA). Perched on top of the 98-meter-high mega rocket is the eight-meter astronaut capsule "Orion", designed to separate from the rocket in space and transport humans to the Moon.
The Orion spacecraft is estimated to travel 2.1 million kilometers
Orion, the astronaut capsule, will travel to the Moon, orbit it, and then return to Earth 42 days after its launch, so during all this time in space, it will remain without docking to a station, the longest period ever undertaken by any other spacecraft.
It is estimated that the Orion spacecraft will travel an estimated 2.1 million kilometers (km) during Artemis I. It is scheduled to return to its home on October 10 in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of San Diego, California, USA.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has not sent humans to the Moon since 1972 when Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan left the last footprints on the surface of the Earth's natural star.