More than a decade after NASA landed its last space shuttle, parts from all five orbiters are set to launch again, this time to the moon. Components from 83 shuttle missions are on Artemis 1.
NASA is the space agency run by the United States to oversee American space exploration, research and technology. NASA, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was founded in 1958 as a civilian agency for U.S. space exploration. Prior to 1958, the agency's progenitor was known as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. NASA develops, builds and launches missions to study the Earth, moon and sun, as well as the entire solar system and beyond. The agency has its headquarters in Washington D.C., with major centers in Florida (the Kennedy Space Center for launches) and Houston (the Johnson Space Center, home of the astronaut corps). Other centers are spread across the country for scientific research, test flights and spacecraft manufacturing. NASA's current chief is Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who is leading the agency's mission of returning astronauts to the moon and sending them on to Mars. See the latest NASA news.
NASA's Artemis program aims to return humans to the moon, in preparation for our eventual journey to Mars.
The Artemis program may see the first European orbit the moon in 2025 and have European landers touch down on Earth's companion in early 2030s.
With NASA's return to the moon with Artemis moving ever closer, lunar scientists look forward to the possibilities for science.
The Artemis mission will soon usher in the next era of space exploration, carrying humans back to the moon and then beyond thanks to the most powerful rocket ever built, the Space Launch System.
The Orion spacecraft will carry humans further into space than they have ever journeyed before in a series of increasingly challenging missions.
An immersive, virtual reality experience will put viewers next to the launch pad as Artemis 1 lifts off for the moon. The mission is scheduled for Aug. 29.
Reference Artemis 3 is a planned landing mission that will put humans on the surface of the moon. It is scheduled to touch down in 2025, assuming previous missions go to plan.
Reference Artemis 2 will launch a crew of astronauts around the moon in a system using the Space Launch System megarocket and Orion spacecraft.
Three mannequins and several biological and radiation experiments will assess the radiation environment near the moon during Artemis 1.
The Artemis 1 Space Launch System is on its way to the moon following its four-mile journey to a Kennedy Space Center launch pad.
Ticket sales for NASA's next moonbound launch briefly overwhelmed the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's website, but officials quickly addressed it.
All systems are go so far to roll out the Artemis 1 rocket to the launch pad for a planned liftoff on Aug. 29.
Tourism officials in Florida's Space Coast are expecting a massive influx of tourists for the upcoming Artemis 1 moon mission, the first launch for NASA's Space Launch System rocket.
NASA plans to launch its debut Artemis moon mission no earlier than Aug. 29 on a rigorous certification test, to see if the system can safely accept humans on future lunar missions.
NASA is weeks away from launching its first Artemis flight to the moon and you can learn all about it in free webcasts this week.
NASA's Artemis 1 moon rocket made it back to its processing facility today (July 2), completing the 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) trek from the launch pad in a little over 10 hours.
NASA's Artemis 1 moon mission completed a crucial preflight milestone today (June 20), wrapping up a two-day set of tests known as a wet dress rehearsal.