NASA releases ‘tour guide’ tips for upcoming Artemis I launch

Get your passport and read some comics to prep for Monday’s historic rocket launch

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Ahead of Monday’s Artemis I mission rocket launch, NASA has provided a list of “the ultimate personal tour guide” tips for those planning to watch the historic launch.

Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test that NASA will use to “get a feel” for what astronauts might experience on future space flights, NASA said. If successful, the agency said there will be two more crewed flights — one to orbit the Moon and one to land on it.

America is on track to return to the moon this coming Monday. NASA's Artemis I mission is set for liftoff at Kennedy Space Center and preparations are well underway.

For those planning to watch the momentous occasion, NASA provided six suggestions, which were shared by News4JAX sister station WKMG in Orlando:

Get your passport and look up your boarding pass

NASA is offering viewers the opportunity to join a virtual guest list, which will let viewers receive a special Artemis I virtual guest passport and stamp after the launch, including mission updates and interactive opportunities.

For any of the 3 million people who submitted their name to be flown around the Moon, they can look up their boarding pass online, with options to print or download the commemorative pass.

Do a little research

Interested viewers can check out images and content involving the Moon, as well as create their own. Photos and videos can be submitted to NASA through posts on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Reddit that include #NASAMoonSnap.

Several of these “Moon Snaps” will be shared on NASA’s social media, on NASA’s website and during the Artemis I launch broadcast.

Pack for your trip

NASA has included several space-themed reading materials on their website, including the “You Are Going” children’s book and a Moonikin webcomic. Viewers can also peruse the items that astronauts and NASA photographers would take with them into space.

The agency also included a “Moon Tunes” playlist on Spotify, which was compiled by Third Rock Radio and more than a million votes all around the world. A curated Artemis podcast playlist is also available on Soundcloud.

Check out your accommodations

Commander Moonikin Campos is an anatomically correct manikin aboard Artemis I who will give NASA scientists a better idea of how to keep astronauts safe during space travel. The agency has published Campos’ “story” on their website in the form of a web comic, which can be read here.

Three wall posters, depicting art of the Artemis I launch, the Orion spacecraft used in the mission, and the Moon, can also be viewed at and downloaded from NASA’s website.

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Plot your route

A flight map has been posted on NASA’s website to display the Orion spacecraft’s course as it travels to and returns from the Moon. Those interested can visit NASA’s website to learn more about both the chartered course and the Artemis I Moon mission.

Before you leave...

NASA has provided a Snapchat AR filter that people can use to see how the launch would appear from the mission control room at Kennedy Space Center.

The Artemis I mission’s space flight can also be tracked by following along with telemetry updates to check exactly where Orion is at each point during its 4-to-6-week journey.

In addition, NASA will give updates regarding the Artemis I mission via their social media @NASAArtemis on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A newsletter is also available for those who want the latest updates.

The Artemis I launch is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29 at 8:33 a.m. at the Kennedy Space Center. Countdown is set to begin at 46 hours and 40 minutes prior to the scheduled launch time.

For a full launch schedule, click here.

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