NASA’s mega-rocket is history’s third charm.
Wednesday was the launch of the Artemis I mission on its journey to lunar orbit. The Space Launch System lifted Orion’s uncrewed spacecraft through the skies, putting on a light show over Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Two hurricanes and recurring hydrogen leaks caused delays for years. Another leak almost stalled this week’s liftoff. But NASA’s red crew, a hero team assigned to live to repair a fuel rocket, swept in at 11:59.
Artemis team members overcame all obstacles and the rocket was launched. It felt like a moment that rekindled the hope for future exploration.
Charlie Blackwell Thompson, NASA’s first female director of launch operations, stated that the “harder the climb, the better view.” Tonight, we showed the Space Coast what a stunning view it is.
The Orion spacecraft started sharing its amazing views from space hours after Artemis I was launched.
The incredible view of the planet was captured by the capsule’s cameras. These images reminded me of the Apollo 17 images from 1972, 50 years ago.
Artemis I is moving at a rapid pace on a 25.5-day journey. It will circle the moon, return to Earth on December 11, and then speed up again. The rocket will be closest to the lunar surface on Monday. Orion will break the Apollo 13 distance record for human-rated spacecraft on its cosmic journey.