NASA launches first space mission to the Moon in 50 years

On August 29, NASA launches its first space mission to the Moon in 53 years. The American super-heavy launch vehicle SLS with the Orion spacecraft will lift off from a spaceport in Florida on Monday.

NASA launches first space mission to the Moon in 50 years

The launch will take place in a two-hour time window that opens at 08:33 AM ET (3:33 PM ET) from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center.

You can follow the online broadcast of the launch here:

The Artemis program was publicly announced in September 2020. Its main goal will be the return, 53 years after the last mission, of American astronauts to the lunar surface, the construction of a near-lunar station and the preparation of conditions for the possible colonization of the Moon in the future.

As part of the Artemis 1 mission, the Orion spacecraft will fly unmanned to the moon and remain in its orbit for several weeks. After that, the ship will return to Earth.

The entire mission will take 42 days. The Orion capsule will splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California on October 10th.

On July 12, NASA released the first color images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. They capture the appearance and disappearance of stars and galaxies, black holes and huge clouds of cosmic dust.

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