Artemis program: NASA set to launch new era of moon exploration

Artemis program: NASA set to launch new era of moon exploration

The Artemis I mission is targeting liftoff on August 29 between 8.33 am ET and 10.33 am ET from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The missions include a Space Launch System Rocket and Orion spacecraft.

For the first time in 50 years, a spacecraft is preparing to launch to the moon.

NASA will conduct a post-launch briefing and the agency will share the first Earth views from cameras onboard the Orion spacecraft.

Orion's journey will last 42 days as it travels to the moon, loops around it and returns to Earth.

The capsule will land in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego on October 10.

This moon mission will be laying the groundwork for flights to Mars in the 2040s.

While the Apollo programme transformed how we see our planet, the hope for Artemis is that it will inspire a new generation.

The new mission is planning to land the first woman of color on the Moon to show that space exploration is open for everyone.