NASA building giant Artemis 2 moon rocket ahead of 2024 launch

The giant rocket that will launch humanity’s next crewed moon mission is coming together across the southern United States.

NASA plans to launch its Artemis 2 mission, which will send four astronauts around the moon, in late 2024. As the crew gets deep into their training, the hardware that will carry them to space — the Orion capsule and giant Space Launch System (SLS) rocket — is being readied at different NASA centers.