Humanity Begins Journey Back to the Moon and on to Mars with the Launch of Artemis 1

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NASA’s Space Launch System rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft launches on the Artemis I flight test, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, from Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s Artemis I mission is the first integrated flight test of the agency’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, and ground systems. SLS and Orion launched at 1:47 a.m. EST, from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

By James Daly, Ph.D

At 1:47 AM, EST on November 16, 2022, humanity took the first step on the long road back to the moon and on to Mars with the launch of Artemis 1. With that launch, the mighty SLS (Space Launch System) boosted the unmanned Orion spacecraft into earth orbit and on to the moon.

Having witnessed the launch of all Apollo missions to the moon, the launch of Artemis 1 was particularly meaningful to me, bringing me back to that sunny day at 9:30 in the morning on July 16, 1969 and the launch of Apollo 11. For me, this launch is a cause for hope and I’m happy the gods have smiled on me, allowing me to live long enough to see that maybe, humanity will find its way.

For mission specifics and all the details, the agency’s web portal for the Artemis 1 mission and the full Artemis program can be found here:

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