NASA to Launch Lunar Lander for Science Payloads

NASA will launch the latest mission to the moon with the aim of delivering science payloads to the surface of the moon.


What to expect from the launch

The launch will use a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and will take place from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The company Intuitive Machines will launch its first lunar lander, called the Nova-C, as part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. The goal of the mission is to deliver science payloads to the surface of the moon.

The Nova-C lander will carry commercial payloads as well as NASA science experiments. It is aiming to land near the moon's south pole, specifically in an area called Malapert A. This location is being considered for NASA's planned Artemis III crewed mission to the moon.

How to watch the launch

The launch will be live-streamed by NASA on NASA TV. To watch the live stream, you can go to NASA's YouTube channel or use the embedded video above. The NASA+ app is also available for iOS, Android, and other devices.

The coverage of the launch will begin at 12:15 a.m. ET on Wednesday, February 14 (9:15 p.m. PT on Tuesday, February 13). The actual launch is scheduled for just before 1 a.m. ET (or 10 p.m. PT), but the timing may change based on real-time operational activities.

For more updates, you can check out NASA's Artemis blog or their X (formerly Twitter) account.