NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen atop the mobile launcher as it is rolled up the ramp at Launch Pad 39B, on August 17, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The world’s biggest rocket is heading for the Moon in September. It’s the first mission of the Artemis program.

No one has been to the Moon since 1972. Now, we’re going back. The goal isn’t only to explore the Moon. Artemis is also preparing astronauts for Mars.


Artemis I is a test-drive. NASA wants to be sure the rocket can launch and land safely before sending a human crew.