Launch day has finally arrived for the NASA’s uncrewed Artemis I mission to liftoff from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on a journey around the moon.
All eyes will be on the iconic Launch Complex 39B and the Space Launch System (SLS) when the Orion spacecraft rocket will launch for the first time from NASA's upgraded Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
Launch date: Aug. 29, 2022
Mission duration: 42 days, 3 hours
Distance traveled: 1.3 miIlion miles
Re-entry speed: 24,500 mph (Mach 32)
Splashdown off San Diego coast: Oct. 10, 2022
Three mannequins and a Snoopy toy will make up the Orion spacecraft's crew. The mannequins will detect deep space radiation, test a new suit,
Snoopy will serve as the zero gravity indicator.
Artemis I will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to build a long-term human presence at the Moon for decades to come.
Prior to the near future crewed flight Artemis II, Artemis I's main objectives are to show Orion's systems spaceflight environment and guarantee a safe re-entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery.