Planet satellite footage shows NASA's Artemis 1 moon rocket on the launch pad from orbit

NASA's next major moon mission has been observed from orbit. Planet's Earth imaging supplier obtained a magnificent shot of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida's Artemis 1 stacked Space Launch System (SLS) moon rocket and its Orion spacecraft on the launch pad.

Artemis 1 is set to lift off from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center at 8:33 a.m. EDT (12:33 GMT) at the start of a two-hour window. At launch time, there is an 80% likelihood of excellent weather. You may watch the launch live online beginning Monday at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT).

Artemis 1 will launch the sensor-laden Orion spacecraft on a 42-day trip around the moon (the length of the mission depends on the launch timing.) It is a test flight to confirm that the spacecraft and rocket are ready to transport humans on future missions.

NASA is working hard to get Artemis 1 up and running in order to prepare for future human flights. It intends to launch the Artemis 2 mission in 2024, carrying four missions. If everything goes well, Artemis 3 will be the first crewed lunar landing in 2025 or 2026.

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