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Watch live: Launch of NASA’s Artemis I Mission to the Moon

on 18 August 2022

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites you to watch the official NASA broadcast of the Artemis I mission to the Moon. The event  will take place on Monday, 29 August, from 12:33 PM UTC (15:33 Romanian time). Dr. Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso, president of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), will be representing Romania at the Artemis launch. This year, Romania became the 16th country that signed the Artemis Accords, a set of statements initiated by NASA to establish common principles, guidelines, and best practices applicable to the entire lunar exploration programme.

*Update: The launch has been halted on Monday and has been postponed for a later date.

For the first Artemis mission, Orion will lift off aboard the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, and travel 280,000 miles (450,000 km) from Earth and 40,000 miles (64,000 km) beyond the far side of the Moon, carrying science and technology payloads to expand our understanding of lunar science, technology developments, and deep space radiation. 

Liftoff from Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is currently targeted for 8:33 a.m. EDT (12:33 UTC/ 15:33 Romanian time) Monday, 29 August, at the start of a two-hour launch window. Backup launch opportunities are currently set for 2 September  and 5 September. You can watch here the live event.

ESA’s European Service Module (ESM) will provide electrical power and propel the uncrewed Orion capsule in an extended orbit around the Moon, setting the scene for future crewed missions. ESA has already delivered its second ESM for Artemis II and ESA contractor Airbus Defence and Space is currently building its third ESM. Eventually, Artemis III will return astronauts to the lunar surface for the first time in 50 years with the ESM supplying their life support in the form of water, food and oxygen.

The Artemis missions will pave the way for a long-term lunar presence and serving as a stepping stone to send astronauts to Mars.

In March 2022, Romania became the 16th country to sign the Artemis Accords. These accords contain, reaffirm and develop several principles of space law, in accordance with norms, principles and practices stemming from the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. These include principles such as peaceful exploration, transparency, emergency assistance, release of scientific data and preserving heritage. The principles set out in these Accords are intended to apply to civil space activities conducted by the civil space agencies of each signatory.

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Image credit: NASA