NASA Launch of the Artemis moon rocket from Cape Canaveral
The launch isn't scheduled to lift off until 8:33 a.m. Monday, but fans are already lining up to get the best view of the Artemis I.
This historic mission into space is expected to attract up to 200,000 people to the space coast.
This maiden mission of Artemis, named after Apollo's twin sister, is a test run of hardware needed to return to the moon for longer stays and more study.
NASA astronaut Nicole Mann told NPR's All Things Considered, "It is a great stride for all of humanity." "I'm going to the moon this time to stay."
And it's essentially the foundation for our Mars exploration."
The Artemis programme, which is anticipated to cost $93 billion in total, promises to refocus NASA's long-term human space-flight goals,
clearing the way for the eventual establishment of a crewed facility near the moon's south pole and crewed flights to Mars.