Watch NASA roll Artemis 1 moon rocket to launch pad today

Update for Nov. 4: See views of NASA's Artemis 1 moon rocket as it returns to the launch pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center for a Nov. 14 launch. This video stream comes from Spaceflight Now.

NASA's Artemis 1 moon rocket will head back to the launch pad once again early Friday morning (Nov. 4), and you'll be able to watch the slow-moving action live.

The Artemis 1 stack — a huge Space Launch System (SLS) rocket topped with an Orion spacecraft — is scheduled to roll out from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida at 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) on Friday.

Artemis 1 will head toward KSC's Pad 39B, the jumping-off point for the mission, which is targeting a launch on Nov. 14. The 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) trek, made atop NASA's giant crawler transporter-2 vehicle, is expected to take about 10 hours.

NASA will livestream at least some of this long journey, if past Artemis 1 rollouts are any guide. will air that webcast, courtesy of the space agency.

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NASA's Space Launch System rocket with the Orion capsule atop ahead of a launch pad rollout planned for Nov. 4, 2022 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Image credit: NASA)

This will be Artemis 1's fourth trip from the VAB to Pad 39A. The rocket made the trek in both March and June to conduct prelaunch fueling tests, then went back out again in mid-August for an attempted liftoff.

Glitches foiled planned launch tries in late August and early September, and NASA then returned Artemis 1 to the VAB in late September to shelter from Hurricane Ian

Mission team members have used this latest stint in the VAB to perform some minor repair and maintenance work, along with a series to tests to ensure that Artemis 1 is ready to fly.

Artemis 1 is the first mission in NASA's Artemis program, which aims to establish a permanent, sustainable human presence on and around the moon by the late 2020s.

Artemis 1 will be the first flight for the SLS and the second for Orion. It will send the uncrewed capsule on a roughly monthlong shakeout cruise to lunar orbit and back. If all goes well, Artemis 2 will launch astronauts around the moon in 2024 or so, and Artemis 3 will put boots down near the lunar south pole a year or two later.

Mike Wall is the author of "Out There" (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or on Facebook.  

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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.