Artemis I mission to the Moon: media invited to attend the launch

Media accreditation is now open for launch and prelaunch activities related to NASA’s Artemis I mission to the Moon. The launch of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft is targeted for no earlier than March 2022 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA will set an official target launch date after a successful ’wet dress rehearsal’ test - one of the final tests before launch involving fuel loaded into the rocket - currently planned for late February.

NASA will launch Orion on its first Artemis mission, Artemis I, the first of many that will rely on the European Service Module (ESM) to provide the resources to keep Orion on track around the Moon and back to Earth. This series of missions will see humans set their feet on the Moon for the first time since 1972.

The Orion spacecraft is built by NASA in collaboration with its prime contractor Lockheed Martin. ESA is supplying the ESM in collaboration with its prime contractor Airbus. This is the only spacecraft presently capable of crewed spaceflight to, and high-speed Earth reentry from, the vicinity of the Moon.

Orion’s service module, the ESM, is the powerhouse of the spacecraft. It provides in-space propulsion for orbital transfer, power and thermal control, attitude control and high-altitude ascent aborts. While connected with the crew module, it also provides water and air to support the crew.

US media must apply by 16:00 EST/ 22:00 CET Monday, 7 February, and international media without US citizenship must apply by 16:00 EST/ 22:00 CET Monday, 31 January. A copy of NASA’s media accreditation policy is online.

Media is requested to submit all accreditation requests online at:

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