ARTEMIS 1 LAUNCH LIVE: NASA Space Launch System rocket and uncrewed Orion capsule to blast off


ARTEMIS 1 LAUNCH LIVE: NASA Space Launch System rocket and unmanned Orion capsule to blast away on 42-day journey around the moon







NASA prepares the launch of the unmanned Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule as part of the agency’s Artemis I mission

Today marks the beginning of humanity’s return to the moon’s surface for the first time since 1972, with the rocket set to land in three years.

The mission will see an unmanned Orion spacecraft orbit the moon and return to Earth after a 42-day journey of 1.3 million miles.

If all goes according to plan, another flight will follow in 2024 – this time with astronauts on board – before human boots once again grace the lunar surface a year later as part of NASA’s ambitious $93 billion (£63 billion) Artemis program.

People in RVs arrived at Cape Canaveral this weekend, all competing for the best view of the massive rocket launch.

More than 200,000 people are expected to watch the launch along the beaches and roads around the Kennedy Space Center, while millions more around the world will tune in to television.

MailOnline provides live updates from the launch in the blog below: