NASA Picks Possible Launch Dates for Artemis I Moon Mission

The Artemis I Moon mission is one step closer to flying. The Space Launch System,

 or SLS -- also known as the "Mega Moon Rocket" -- and the Orion spacecraft now have three dates marked on the calendar.

During a media teleconference on Wednesday, NASA identified August 29, September 2 and September 5 as possible launch dates.

Meeting those dates depends on the expected final preparations going forward and

 the cooperation of the weather at the launch site at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

The launch window and duration varies depending on the date. For example, the Aug. 29 launch will begin at 5:33 a.m. 

PT during the opening of a two-hour window and will kick off a 42-day mission that will bring the spacecraft back to Earth on Oct. 10.

NASA will set its chosen target date about a week before launch.