Moon mission Artemis 1 of NASA

The first significant step NASA will take toward sending men back to the lunar surface is the Artemis 1 moon mission.

The agency's new Space Launch System megarocket and the Orion crew capsule will fly for the first time on Artemis 1.

The unmanned Orion spacecraft will be launched by the SLS rocket on a 42-day mission, during which it will orbit the moon and then return to Earth.

Artemis 1 will now launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida from Launch Complex 39B no sooner than mid-November, between Nov. 12 and 27.

Editor-in-Chief of, Tariq Malik has been writing about space exploration in general for more than 20 years and covered human spaceflight for more than 18 years.

He discussed NASA's continuing International Space Station and Artemis program in addition to the final 22 space shuttle operations.

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