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NASA will preview its Artemis 1 moon mission this week. Here’s how exactly to watch out for free.

NASA's Artemis 1 Space Launch System megarocket and Orion capsule on their Florida launchpad under a blue sky.

NASA’s Artemis 1 Space Launch System megarocket stands poised to launch the Orion spacecraft to the moon in this view of Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff is defined for Aug. 29, 2022.(Image credit: NASA)

NASA is merely weeks from launching its first Artemis flight to the moon this month and you may learn about the mission in free webcasts this week.

Artemis 1, NASA’s uncrewed deep-space test flight of its Orion spacecraft and massive Space Launch System megarocket, is scheduled to launch round the moon on Aug. 29. To create the stage for the mission, NASA will hold a mission overview briefing on Wednesday (Aug. 3) plus a detailed mission briefing on Friday (Aug. 5), and you will be able top watch both events free of charge online on NASA’s website (opens in new tab), NASA TV and the NASA app (opens in new tab).

“Artemis 1 can be an uncrewed flight test, the initial in some increasingly complex missions to the moon,” NASA officials wrote within an announcement (opens in new tab). “Through Artemis missions, NASA will land the initial woman and the initial person of color on the moon, paving just how for a long-term lunar presence and serving as a steppingstone to send astronauts to Mars.”

Related: NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission: Live updates

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NASA’s first Artemis 1 press conference this week is on Wednesday at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), once the agency will host an over-all summary of the mission. The briefing is likely to last one hour and can feature the next speakers:

  • NASA Administrator Bill Nelson;
  • Bhavya Lal, associate administrator for technology, policy, and strategy at NASA’s headquarters;
  • Mike Sarafin, Artemis 1 mission manager with NASA HQ;
  • Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis 1 launch director at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida (the mission’s launch site);
  • John Honeycutt, Space Launch System program manager with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.;
  • Howard Hu, Orion program manager, with NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.

After Wednesday’s briefing, NASA will host an Artemis 1 media trip to its Johnson Space Center, home to the agency’s astronaut corps. That media day will undoubtedly be on Friday (Aug. 5) and can add a detailed Artemis 1 mission briefing at 11: 30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT). That briefing will feature the next speakers:

  • Debbie Korth, Orion program deputy manager of JSC;
  • Rick LaBrode, lead Artemis I flight director of JSC;
  • Judd Frieling, Artemis I ascent/entry flight director of JSC;
  • Melissa Jones, Artemis I recovery director of KSC;
  • Reid Wiseman, chief astronaut of JSC;
  • Philippe Deloo, Orion European Service Module program manager, with the European Space Agency.

“The initial briefing provides a synopsis of the Artemis 1 mission, and the next briefing will dive deeper in to the Artemis 1 mission timeline and spacecraft operations,” NASA officials said in the announcement.

Related: How NASA’s Artemis moon landing with astronauts works

Artemis 1 is really a critical test flight which will launch an Orion spacecraft round the moon to check technologies NASA must support the return of astronauts to the lunar surface. It’ll launch a “Moonikin” mannequin, cubesats along with other experiments inside Orion on a journey which will circle the moon and go back to Earth.

If all goes well, NASA will observe the Artemis 1 mission with a crewed flight round the moon, called Artemis 2, in 2024. The Artemis 3 mission may be the one which will land astronauts on the lunar surface, with SpaceX’s Starship serving because the lunar lander for that flight. That flight is expected sometime after Artemis 2.

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Tariq Malik

Tariq may be the Editor-in-Chief of Space.com and joined the team in 2001, first being an intern and staff writer, and later being an editor. He covers human spaceflight, exploration and space science, in addition to skywatching and entertainment. He became Space.com’s Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Before joining Space.com, Tariq was an employee reporter for The LA Times covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. He could be also an Eagle Scout (yes, he’s got the area Exploration merit badge) and visited Space Camp four times as a youngster and a fifth time being an adult. He’s got journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and NY University. To see his latest project, it is possible to follow Tariq onTwitter.

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