NASA Artemis 1 moon rocket set to re-launch today: when and how to watch livestream |

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission gets a green weather signal for today’s launch after being delayed twice. This is the second attempt at the launch after the setback on August 29th due to technical problems. Technicians have since fixed the issue and everything seems to be on track for the blast-off, which will happen at 02:17 pm EST (11:47 pm IST). For those unaware, the Artemis 1 will be a test ride to the moon with no humans onboard. NASA plans to execute Artemis 2 and 3 missions by 2025, which will follow the same route discovered by Artemis 1, only this time, there will be humans onboard.

Artemis 1 will have Amazon’s Alexa onboard

That being said, the Artemis 1 Orion capsule won’t be entirely empty. Along with three mannequins named Helga, Zohar and Commander Moonikin Campos, complete with plastic models of radiation-sensitive organs, scientific payloads and equipment, the spacecraft will have a virtual assistant named Callisto, based on the Amazon Alexa model on board. This new technology Callisto is said to help astronauts interact with the spacecraft.


Developed by Lockheed Martin in partnership with Cisco and Amazon, Callisto grants the same voice assistant technology (Alexa) we usually use to interact with lights, request songs, or get alerts. However, on the spaceship, this will play a key role: provide real-time data, enhance connectivity, and mission-related feedback for astronauts embarking on the future space mission.

The Callisto gear fits into a boxy-like design case, which measures 1.5 feet x 1 feet, and is approx 5-inch in depth. This device – according to Lockheed Martin and Amazon engineers – can resist the vibration, shocks of a rocket launch, and the radiation environment of deep space.

NASA’s Artemis 1 mission – which will send an uncrewed Orion spacecraft with Callisto attached to lunar orbit and return – will launch today, September 3rd, assuming the weather holds and everything goes as planned.

How to watch the NASA Artemis 1 moon mission launch today 

While you might not be able to visit the Space Coast of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida today to see the launch, you can witness this self-operating spaceship’s launch in the comfort of your home via the link embedded below. If this event gets cancelled, NASA has another launch window on September 5th. While the event will begin at 9:45 PM tonight, the launch won’t happen till 11:47 PM.

What is Artemis 1 mission?

The upcoming moon mission includes NASA’s most powerful rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), a 98-meter-tall aircraft, and NASA’s next-generation capsule, the Orion. NASA will use its Sound Suppressing System on the launch pad to reduce the launch sound of this power-loaded rocket.

While the Artemis 1 mission won’t include any humans on the rocket, NASA plans an Artemis 2 mission and Artemis 3 mission by 2025, taking the same route to the moon with humans onboard (if mission 1 is successful). The Monday Artemis 1 mission is a flight test and principle checks for Artemis 2 and Artemis 3 endeavours. The crew capsule will orbit around the moon for about six weeks.

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