The mission will last for 25 and a half days and will end with splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on December 11.
This Wednesday, NASA launched the most powerful rocket ever built to travel to the Moon. In the spectacular explosion of lights and sounds that marked the start of ArtemisNew flagship program of the US space agency.
32 storeys tall Space Launch System Launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 01H48 (06H48 GMT).
25 day mission
At the end of September the 98 meter long SLS rocket had to be returned to the assembly building, a few kilometers away, to save him from hurricane ian, which postponed takeoff for several weeks.
Later, When it was already on its launch pad, it had to face the winds of Hurricane Nicole less than a week earlier.
The storm damaged a thin layer of sealant on top of the rocket, but NASA on Monday deemed the risk minimal.
gross, The program is delayed by several years why Successful completion of the mission became imperative for NASA, which Costs several billion dollars.
Immediately after launch, Control center personnel in Houston, Texas, will handle it.
The Orion capsule was powered by two thrusters and four powerful engines down to the main part, which will separate after a few minutes. After one final push from upper reach, the capsule will be on its way to the Moon, Which will take several days to arrive.
there it would be placed in a distant orbit, even to venture Position up to 64,000 km behind the Moon, Far more than any manned spacecraft ever.
The capsule will then begin its return to Earth. Its heat shield, the largest ever built, A must bear the temperature of half the surface of the sun when it passes through the atmosphere.
The mission will last for a total of 25 and a half days, With the trench in the Pacific on 11 December.