How and When to Watch NASA’s Giant Rocket Launch to the Moon

Here’s what you need to know about Artemis I and the second attempt to launch the Space Launch System and Orion capsule.

A technical hiccup kept NASA’s giant moon rocket, the Space Launch System, from getting off the launchpad on Monday.

So NASA will try again on Saturday, hopeful that its engineers have resolved the issue. Here’s what you need to know about the second attempt to begin the Artemis I mission.

When is the launch, and how can I watch it?The launch is scheduled for 2:17 p.m. Eastern time.

In the case of unfavorable weather or technical glitches, the liftoff can be pushed back by as much as two hours, to 4:17 p.m.

NASA Television’s online coverage of the Artemis I launch begins at 5:45 a.m.

when a commentator will describe the process of filling the rocket’s giant propellant tanks. The agency’s full coverage will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Forecasts show that there is a 60 percent chance of favorable weather at the beginning of the launch window, and the odds improve to 80 percent by the end of the two-hour time slot.

if the launch is postponed again, NASA may also try to lift off on Monday, Sept. 5 or Tuesday, Sept. 6. Current forecasts give a 70 percent chance of favorable weather on Monday.