NASA gives ‘go’ for historic Artemis I launch from Kennedy Space Center

Mega moon rocket to liftoff Monday, Aug. 29, at 8:33 a.m.

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – NASA gave the greenlight for a historic launch next week from Florida’s Space Coast.

NASA’s Artemis I mission will launch from Kennedy Space Center next week, after key mission managers conducted a flight readiness review Monday ahead of liftoff. NASA said during a briefing Monday evening that the mega moon rocket passed the review.

NASA said the review would “focus on the preparedness of the Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, ground systems at Kennedy, flight operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and space communications and navigations networks to support the flight, and the certification of flight readiness.”

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The Artemis program is the long-awaited NASA program to take Americans back to the moon and beyond, possibly to Mars.

If the first mission is successful, it will be followed by a crewed test mission that will orbit the moon. If that mission is successful, Artemis III’s goal will be to land on the moon. NASA said Artemis I will take up to 14 days to get to the moon.

During a teleconference on Friday, NASA pinpointed where on the lunar surface astronauts could be landing for the first time in more than 50 years. NASA said Artemis III astronauts will target one of 13 possible landing sites near the moon’s south pole.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.