NASA Artemis 1 set to launch on August 29: Know all about this historic Moon mission

NASA is preparing to launch its Orion spacecraft to the moon. Known as the Artemis 1 mission, it will be launched on August 29. Know all details about NASA’s historic launch to the moon.

| Updated on: Aug 25 2022, 23:33 IST
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NASA's Artemis I Moon mission
1/10 This stunning image of the Earth’s beauty was captured by Alexander Gerst, Commander on the International Space Station. (NASA)
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2/10 Through pictures it is revealed how the Earth has transformed during humanity’s reign on Earth. Sadly, this image shows the drastic effects of deforestation in Madagascar. (NASA)
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3/10 This amazing image captured by NASA shows a massive 11-ton iceberg off the coast of Innaarsuit, a small island village in northwestern Greenland. (NASA)
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4/10 This stunning image taken by NASA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows the city of Naples surrounding the Mount Vesuvius crater. (NASA)
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5/10 This mesmerizing image shows the snowdrifts near the Dnipro River. Looks like a stunning piece of art, doesn’t it? (NASA)
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6/10 This NASA image captured from the International Space Station shows the protected Egmont National Park in New Zealand. (NASA)
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7/10 Storms captured from space can be a sight to behold. This amazing photo captures Storm Ida as it passes through the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. (NASA)
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8/10 Earth and the Milky Way Galaxy were captured by the cameras aboard the International Space Station while it was orbiting above Australia. (NASA)
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9/10 This stunning image captured by the crew of the International Space Station shows the Raikoke volcano as it erupted on June 22, 2019. (NASA)
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10/10 NASA captured the USA in all its glory at night in this amazing image. (NASA)
NASA's Artemis I Moon mission
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NASA's Artemis I Moon mission is scheduled to launch on August 29. It is a big step in human exploration of our Moon. (NASA)

The historic mission by NASA, the first Artemis mission is all set to launch on August 29. The space agency, on August 22, cleared the launch of the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission that will jump-start humanity's return to the Moon with the liftoff of NASA's powerful new Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. NASA says this critical flight test will send Orion farther than any human-rated spacecraft has ever flown, putting new systems and processes to the test and lighting the way for the crew missions to come. Know more about Artemis 1 mission launch, significance, and more here.

NASA Artemis 1 launch

All eyes will be on the historic mission to the Moon when the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will launch for the first time from NASA's modernized Kennedy Space Center in Florida on August 29. This will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to make a long-term human presence on the Moon. It will launch a 98 meters SLS and its Orion capsule on a mission for 42 days, 3 hours, and 20 minutes that will orbit around the moon and return to Earth. It will travel around 1.3 million miles total distance throughout the journey. The Orion Spacecraft, designed for the demands of human missions to deep space, is 26 feet tall.

NASA Artemis 1 Goals

NASA said in a statement that “the primary goals for NASA's Artemis 1 are to demonstrate Orion's systems in a spaceflight environment and ensure a safe re-entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery prior to the first flight with crew on Artemis 2.” With the start of this first exploration mission, NASA is aiming to take revolutionary steps of human exploration into deep space and to other destinations farther from Earth, including Mars. After the successful completion of this first flight, NASA will aim at the second flight that will take the crew on a different trajectory and test critical systems of Orion with humans aboard.

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First Published Date: 25 Aug, 23:33 IST