NASA launches Artemis 1 moon mission on its most powerful rocket ever.

The United States space agency NASA has launched its Artemis-1 mission from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida on 16 Wednesday. About eight minutes after launch, the core stage’s engines cut off and the core stage separated from the rest of the rocket. After this, the Orion spacecraft was propelled by the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS). NASA also deployed the four solar arrays of the Orion spacecraft. After completing “translunar injection”, Orion separated itself from the ICPS and is now on its way to lunar orbit.

While no astronauts are onboard, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket carried the Orion capsule to space in a demonstration for NASA’s lunar program. Artemis I will not land on the moon, but the spacecraft will orbit nearby before returning to Earth in 26 days.

About Artemis-1 mission:

For the first time in 50 years since the end of the Apollo program, the launch of Artemis 1 is an ambitious US mission to return astronauts to the surface of the Moon.

The Artemis 1 launch will also be the first flight of NASA’s 21st century moon-exploration program.

With Artemis 1 on the surface of the Moon, NASA aims to demonstrate new technologies, business approaches and capabilities that are essential for future explorations, including Mars. The launch aims to further aid in the study of the Moon, its origin and history.

Source: www.cnbc.com


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