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Artemis I

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Artemis I was the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration at the Moon and future missions to Mars.

Mission Type

Uncrewed lunar flight test

Mission duration

25 days, 10 hours, 53 minutes


Nov. 16, 2022


Dec. 11, 2022
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Mission Overview


Around the Moon with NASA’s First Launch of SLS with Orion

Artemis I was the first integrated flight test of NASA’s Deep Space Exploration Systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, with the upgraded Exploration Ground Systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Eighteen astronauts and astronaut candidates in blue flight suits each raise a fist as they pose for a photo outside the gate of Launch Pad 39B.
Astronauts and astronaut candidates from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency pose for a photograph in front of NASA’s Artemis I Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft atop the mobile launcher on the pad at Launch Complex 39B on Aug. 28, 2022.

Mission Facts

Launch date: Nov. 16, 2022

Mission duration: 25 days, 10 hours, 53 minutes

Total distance traveled: 1.4 million miles

Re-entry speed: 24,581 mph (Mach 32)

Splashdown: Dec. 11, 2022