how to follow live the first step for us to return to the Moon

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Countdown to the takeoff of Artemis I. And almost in the most literal sense of the expression. If nothing goes wrong, first thing in the afternoon, at 2:33 p.m., the Artemis Program will an essential step in their efforts to take us back to the Moon: the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion capsule will depart from launch pad 39B, in Florida (USA), to begin a 42-day journey that, if all goes well , will leave us a little closer to stepping on the Moon again.

If you want to follow the launch of the mission live, you can do it through NASA’s website or in his YouTube channelincluding that of “NASA in Spanish”. The operation is scheduled for 14:33 peninsular time (UTC +2), but the live broadcast will start a little earlier. What NASA is already doing is providing information every few minutes about the maneuvers.

A few minutes ago, for example, he detailed how the liquid oxygen load was progressing and the engineers were solving a problem that was affecting the RS-25 engine.

If all goes according to plan the mission will last six weeks, period during which the Orion spacecraft will complete a round trip to the Moon. It will not carry astronauts on board, but dummies that will serve as tests for NASA in the face of its great and most ambitious goal: to get us to step on the Moon for the first time since the 1970s and to carry “the first woman and non-white person”.

Until then, the schedule of the Artemis Program contemplates several steps. The first will take place today, with the launch of the SLS and the Orion capsule. The second – the Artemis II mission – is scheduled for 2024 and will repeat the experience with four astronauts. The third phase would already be a manned mission that will land on the satellite and would point to the year 2025 as its initial objective.

“With Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and person of color on the Moon, paving the way for a long-term lunar presence and serving as a springboard to send astronauts to Mars,” says the agencywhich underlines that the scope of the mission goes beyond of our satellite.

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Countdown to the takeoff of Artemis I. And almost in the most literal sense of the expression. If nothing goes…

Countdown to the takeoff of Artemis I. And almost in the most literal sense of the expression. If nothing goes…

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