Return to the Moon with NASA’s Artemis 1 Mission Launch and Splashdown!
Monday, August 29, 2022

people gathering to watch the launch of a space shuttle

Just in time for back-to-school, NASA is planning the first-ever launch of its new Space Launch System that is being developed to transport the first woman and first person of color to the Moon!

The first launch window for the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission is on Monday, August 29, 2022, in the early morning before school, for 2 hours starting at 5:33 am Pacific Time.  (Backup launch days are September 2 and September 5.).

Imagine the engineering involved in flying Artemis 1 as an uncrewed spaceflight technology test mission, launched aboard the most powerful rocket in the world!  The mission’s Orion crew capsule will return to Earth with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, likely sometime in early October.

Bring the excitement of real live space exploration milestones to your afterschool program!

Special invitation for afterschool providers – join NASA’s Museum and Informal Education Alliance to learn about this and other upcoming NASA STEM opportunities!