NASA's most powerful rocket poised for launch on historic Artemis 1 moon mission

5 decades after the final flight of NASA's famed Saturn 5 moon rocket, the United States space agency is set to launch its most powerful rocket yet Monday for a key,

long-awaited test mission, sending an unpiloted Orion crew capsule on a 42-day journey around the moon.

The first Space Launch System — SLS — rocket, which has been years behind schedule and billions over budget, is finally set for launch from pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center

at 8:33 a.m. EDT Monday, the start of a two-hour window. Weather forecasters predict a 70% likelihood of nice weather.

There are backup launch options available. Based on the intended trajectory and the ever-changing locations of the...

Earth and moon on September 2 and 5, After then, the flight will most likely be delayed until October.

If the unmanned Artemis 1 test mission goes well, NASA wants to fly four humans aboard the second SLS rocket in 2024 for an around-the-moon shakedown flight

Artemis 2 — before the first woman and first person of color touch down near the moon's south pole in 2025 or 2026.

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