Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians continue to prepare NASA’s super-powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and next-generation Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission.
Artemis I is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration to the Moon and Mars.
This uncrewed mission will launch from Space Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Over the course of about four to six weeks, Orion will travel 280,000 miles from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the Moon. Orion will stay in space longer than any ship for astronauts has done without docking to a space station and return home faster and hotter than ever before. The launch is currently slated to take place no earlier than August 29, 2022.