Not even months of delays from technical issues or two hurricanes could stop the most powerful rocket in space.
“What an incredible sight to see NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft launch together for the first time. This uncrewed flight test will push Orion to the limits in the rigors of deep space, helping us prepare for human exploration on the Moon and, ultimately, Mars,” commented NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
Thousands stayed up late to experience the rocket launch from Cape Canaveral.
“Today we got to witness the world’s most powerful rocket take the Earth by its edges and shake the wicked out of it. And it was quite a sight”, said Mission Manager Mike Sarafin.
Artemis 1 is without a crew on its 25-day, 1.3-million-mile journey to the moon and back. It will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on December 11th. The next flights will take humans to the Moon for the first time in more than a half-century.