After months of delay, NASA’s Artemis 1 mission successfully launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday. NASA live-streamed the event on its various social media channels and posted short clips on Twitter. One of these videos shows a spectacular image of Earth captured by the Orion spacecraft fixed to the top of a rocket while on its orbit around the Moon. The 32-story Space Launch System (SLS) exploded at 01:47 a.m. local time, generating a record 8.8 million pounds of thrust.
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NASA has shared footage of Earth taken by the spacecraft on the Artemis mission’s Twitter account. “As @NASA_Orion embarked on the #Artemis I mission to the Moon, the spacecraft captured these stunning views of our home planet,” it wrote in the tweet text.
– NASA Artemis (@NASAArtemis) November 16, 2022
The 24-second clip shows Earth backing up behind a rocket traveling at more than 22,600 mph (36,370 km/h) to propel the Orion spacecraft on its way to the Moon.
“Now we’re going back to the Moon, not just for the sake of going to the Moon, but to learn how to live on the Moon in preparation to send humans all the way to Mars,” NASA administrator Bill Nelson told a news conference. reporter. press conference after the launch.
“This is the next start, this is the Artemis generation,” added Nelson.
Orion will orbit Earth’s nearest neighbor planet, in a test run for later flights that will see the first woman and the first person of color to land on the moon.
The last time America sent astronauts to the Moon was during the Apollo era, from 1969-1972.
This time, it hopes to build a sustainable presence – including a space station on the Moon – to help prepare for a final mission to Mars in the 2030s.
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