This is according to NASA’s Flight Readiness Review, which was conducted Monday. The assessment was an in-depth assessment of the readiness of the 322-foot-tall (98-meter-tall) stack, consisting of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft, which currently sit on the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Artemis team is targeting the first two-hour launch window from 8:33 a.m. ET to 10:33 a.m. ET on Monday, August 29. There are backup launch windows on September 2 and September 5.
The rocket stack arrived at the launch pad on Aug. 17 after exiting the Vehicle Assembly Building after traveling 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) aboard one of NASA’s giant Apollo-era crawlers from the assembly building to the launch pad. – just like the shuttle missions and Apollo Saturn V rockets once did.
The unmanned Artemis I will launch on a mission beyond the moon and return to Earth. Once launched, the spacecraft will enter a distant retrograde orbit around the moon, traveling 1.3 million miles (2.1 million kilometers) in 42 days. Artemis I will crash into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego on October 10. Orion’s return will be fast and hotter than any spacecraft has ever experienced on its way back to Earth.
The Orion spacecraft will travel further than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown, reaching 64,000 kilometers further than the far side of the moon, according to NASA.
There are no people on board, but Orion will carry 120 pounds (54.4 kilograms) of mementos, including toys, Apollo 11 items and three mannequins.
Commander Moonikin Campos sits in the commander’s seat of Orion, a suitable mannequin capable of collecting data on what future human crews may experience during a lunar voyage. The mannequin will wear the new Orion Crew Survival System suit designed for astronauts to wear during launch and reentry. The suit has two radiation sensors.
This mission will kick off NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the moon and land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface by 2025 — eventually making way for human beings. exploration of Mars.
Artemis I will also conduct a number of science experiments, some of which will be installed once the rocket and spacecraft arrive at the launch pad.