NASA Successfully Launch Artemis I Moon Rocket

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, carrying the agency’s Orion spacecraft is on its way to the Moon after a successful launch on 16 November 2022. Part of the Artemis program aimed at returning man to the moon, the launch is the first leg of a mission in which Orion is planned to travel approximately 40,000 miles beyond the Moon and return to Earth over the course of 25.5 days. Known as Artemis I, the mission is a critical part of NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach, in which the agency explores for the benefit of humanity. It’s an important test for the agency before flying astronauts on the Artemis II mission. After reaching its initial orbit, Orion deployed its solar arrays and engineers began performing checkouts of the spacecraft’s systems. About 1.5 hours into flight, the rocket’s upper stage engine successfully fired for approximately 18 minutes to give Orion the big push needed to send it out of Earth orbit and toward the Moon. Through?Artemis?missions, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of colour on the surface of the Moon paving the way for a long-term lunar presence and serving as a steppingstone for astronauts on the way to Mars