NASA is set for the Monday morning launch of the Artemis I super heavy-lift rocket from Kennedy Space Center.

The so-called mega Moon rocket will launch the Orion uncrewed spacecraft to the moon and back to Earth. The mission will last six weeks.

Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville developed the rocket and Boeing was the prime contractor for the design and production.

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Artemis I will eventually take humans back to the moon. NASA also plans to use the rocket for the first human trip to Mars.

The launch is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. CDT. To watch it live, click here.

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