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Artemis I moon rocket launch: When to look up toward the sky

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Teams at NASA are making their final preparations for the next launch attempt for NASA’s Artemis I mission.

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NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft have been sitting on its launchpad for more than a week and survived winds from Hurricane Nicole.

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The planned launch for 1:04 a.m. Wednesday will be NASA’s third attempt to send Artemis I around the moon.

The uncrewed mission is testing a new rocket and spacecraft designed to send astronauts further from the Earth since the 1970s, with the end of the Apollo program.

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The last two launch attempts were scrubbed due to technical issues with the rocket.

Crews recently checked on Artemis 1 following the impact from Nicole in Central Florida and found the rocket weathered the storm without major issues.

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Tanking operations are set to take place Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone looking to head to the coast to watch the launch in person is advised to leave early due to traffic.

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