NASA launches most powerful rocket ever to the moon

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NASA launches most powerful rocket ever to the moon
NASA launches most powerful rocket ever to the moon. Image: iurii/Shutterstock.com

The Artemis moon mission is the third attempt for the American space agency to launch an unmanned rocket

After over 10 weeks of technical difficulties and bad weather conditions, NASA´s Artemis moon mission finally launched its rocket on Wednesday, November 16. According to a report from DW, this was the third attempt made by NASA as the 32-story Space Launch System (SLS) rocket launched from Cape Canaveral at 1:47 local time.  

“For the Artemis generation, this is for you,” said Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, launch director, at the time of takeoff, referring to all those born after Apollo, the report said.  She further added that this was the first step for the U.S. to return to the moon and further to Mars.  

The Artemis mission is the first time in over 50 years since NASA´s Apollo program, the report states. The mission plan for the rocket to orbit the moon before returning back to earth, a journey that will take about 25 days. This mission will also be the first flight test of the Orion spacecraft, which has mannequins on board, monitored by mission control.  

According to the report, NASA plans to set up a lunar base by the end of the next decade, to send astronauts to mars.


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