NASA intends to launch its Orion spacecraft from the world's most powerful rocket on Monday, Aug. 29, for a trip around the moon.
The unmanned Artemis 1 mission is a step toward the goal of landing humans on the moon by 2025.
"With the successful launch of Artemis 1, NASA and the United States will reclaim the capability of launching humans to the moon," says NASA.
"We lost that capability nearly 50 years ago, when the last Saturn V rockets were retired following the Apollo 17 mission."
Artemis 1 will pave the way for the next generation of astronauts to return to another world."
Astronauts, along with a team of engineers and scientists, will explore and learn how to use resources on the moon.
The moon also remains a valuable location for further scientific exploration, which will be one of Artemis' goals.