NASA’s Artemis 1 rocket was successfully launched on Wednesday morning. This is the first step in humanity’s historic return from the Moon.
NASA describedthe Space Launch System’s (SLS) launch with the Orion spacecraft capsule as “a new chapter of human lunar exploration.”
The Space Launch System announced that the SLS took off at 1:47 AM from Launch Complex 39B, Florida. This began a complicated, long process.
NASA stated in a statement that Artemis I was designed to test all integrated systems prior to crewed missions. NASA conducted the operation in deep space, tested Orion’s heat shield and recovered the crew module following reentry, descent and splashdown.
The rocket achieved several milestones within minutes. This was widely applauded and praised by NASA crew members and supporters.
The rocket was visible from all angles, as it faded slowly from view.
NASA’s Rachel Kraft reported that the rocket had successfully cut off its core main engine and separated its core stage. This was approximately two minutes after it launched.
Other milestones will be reached by the rocket during the historic flight. includes the service module achieving jettison, deployment Orion’s solar arrays, and other maneuvers.
Artemis 1 will test and demonstrate Orion’s spaceflight systems. It will also ensure safe re-entry and descent, splashdown, recovery, and a safe landing with crew members on Artemis II.
Although originally scheduled for September, the launch was postponed by Hurricane Ian.
It is expected that the mission will last for 25 days and 11hrs, with the rocket travelling over 1.3million miles during that time.
The rocket and three test dummies on board are expected to return to Earth and splash back on Dec. 11, 2022.