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NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket looks spectacular in these amazing photos

NASA's Space Launch System rocket with the Orion capsule atop looks stunning in this sunrise shot taken by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls.

NASA’s Space Launch System rocket with the Orion capsule atop looks stunning in this sunrise shot taken by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls.(Image credit: Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls))

NASA’s Space Launch System rocket has designed for an awe inspiring photography object since it has been waiting on a launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida before its second try to lift off for the milestone Artemis 1 mission.

A flurry of NASA photographers captured the imposing 322-foot-tall (98 meters) Space Launch System in the times following the scrapped first launch attempt on Monday (Aug.29). NASA called off the Monday launch shortly before lift-off because of an engine cooling issue, that was later traced to a faulty sensor.

NASA engineers cleared the moon exploration rocket for another go today. If all goes well, the rocket, having an uncrewed Orion space capsule atop, will blast off Launch Pad 39B at 2: 17 p.m. EDT (1817 GMT) for a 37-day lunar test trip.You can view it launch live onlinestarting at 12: 15 p.m. EDT (1615 GMT).

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

The moon rocket looks fascinating in this black and white infrared image as it sits on Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA photographer Bill Ingalls captured this image on Friday (Sept. 2), one day before the rocket's second launch attempt.

The moon rocket looks fascinating in this monochrome infrared image since it sits on Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA photographer Bill Ingalls captured this image on Friday (Sept. 2), 1 day prior to the rocket’s second launch attempt. (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

This dawn image of NASA's moon rocket was taken on Thursday (Sept.1) by NASA photographer Joel Kowsky.

This dawn image of NASA’s moon rocket was taken on Thursday (Sept.1) by NASA photographer Joel Kowsky. (Image credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

NASA's Space Launch System rocket at dawn on Thursday (Sept.1), waiting on Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for its second launch attempt.

NASA’s Space Launch System rocket at dawn on Thursday (Sept.1), waiting on Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida because of its second launch attempt. (Image credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket with the Orion spacecraft atop illuminated by spotlights after its scrapped lift-off attempt on Monday (Aug.29).

NASAs Space Launch System moon rocket with the Orion spacecraft atop illuminated by spotlights following its scrapped lift-off attempt on Monday (Aug.29). (Image credit: NASA/Keegan Barber)

A stunning sunrise image of NASA's Space Launch System moon rocket three days before its second attempt to launch for the groundbreaking Artemis 1 mission.

A sensational sunrise view of NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket three days before its second try to launch for the groundbreaking Artemis 1 mission. (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The Artemis 1 mission will demonstrate that crucial technologies for future human trips to the moon are expected. NASA currently plans to come back humans to the moon in 2024 with the Artemis 2 mission, and hopes for a lunar landing per year from then on with Artemis 3.

Editor’s note: Follow our Artemis 1 mission live updates page for the most recent on Artemis 1 mission news. Visit Space.com for live webcast.

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Tereza is really a London-based science and technology journalist, aspiring fiction writer and amateur gymnast. Originally from Prague, the Czech Republic, she spent the initial seven years of her career working as a reporter, script-writer and presenter for various TV programmes of the Czech Public Service Television. She later took a lifetime career break to pursue further education and added a Master’s in Science from the International Space University, France, to her Bachelor’s in Journalism and Master’s in Cultural Anthropology from Prague’s Charles University.She worked as a reporter at the Engineering and Technology magazine, freelanced for a variety of publications including Live Science, Space.com, Professional Engineering, Via Satellite and Space News and served as a maternity cover science editor at the European Space Agency.

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