NASA's Artemis I SLS Megarocket

How to Watch NASA’s Artemis I SLS Megarocket Launch

Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming launch.

After a delay due to an engine leak last week, NASA’s huge Space Launch System (SLS) is almost ready for liftoff. This highly anticipated rocket launch has been in the works for nearly a decade and signals NASA’s return to crewed moon missions. This mission is known as Artemis I, and while there will be no humans on board, it will act as a test for the eventual objective of landing the first woman and person of color on the Moon.

NASA's Artemis I SLS Megarocket

During its initial launch, the SLS will propel NASA’s Orion capsule into space, where it will embark on a 39- to 42-day journey around the Moon. NASA moved the 322-foot rocket to launch pad 39B at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center last month, a four-mile excursion that took nearly ten hours.

Here’s how and when you can watch the rocket shoot off into space now that it’s arrived at its launch pad.

When will NASA’s Artemis I spacecraft launch?

NASA intends to launch the SLS rocket on September 3rd, 2022. It will be available for two hours beginning at 2:17PM ET. If there are no delays, the rocket could take off between 2:17PM ET and 4:17PM ET.

How can I view the Artemis I launch in real-time?

If you are unable to attend the launch in person, NASA will webcast it through its website, YouTube channel, and NASA app.

There will also be a few additional ways to follow the mission’s progress. NASA will launch a customized website called the Artemis Real-time Orbit Website (AROW) on August 28th, allowing anyone to track the mission as it happens. Alexa-enabled devices can also provide updates and watch a livestream of the launch. The mission will include a version of Alexa from Amazon.

What should I expect from the launch?

Aside from the launch, NASA intends to have some special visitors throughout the webcast. This contains cameos by Jack Black, Chris Evans, and Keke Palmer, as well as Josh Groban and Herbie Hancock performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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