Week 46, 2022: Artemis 1 Successfully Launches to the Moon on Maiden Flight of the SLS Rocket!

Artemis 1 lifts off from Pad 39B during the maiden flight of the SLS rocket, 2022-Nov-16

On November 16, 2022 the Space Launch System rocket has lifted off successfully on its maiden flight, carrying an Orion spacecraft and a number of cubesats to the Moon and beyond. The launch is the first leg of a mission in which Orion is planned to travel approximately 40,000 miles beyond the Moon and return to Earth over the course of 25.5 days. Known as Artemis 1, the mission is a critical part of NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach, in which the agency explores for the benefit of humanity. It’s an important test for the agency before flying astronauts on the Artemis 2 mission

Through Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the surface of the Moon, paving the way for a long-term lunar presence and serving as a steppingstone for astronauts on the way to Mars

Artemis 1 and all subsequent Orion missions are available for download in Celestia here

Source: NASA

Highlights for Artemis 1 (as of 2022-Nov-18)

Official livestream of the launch of Artemis 1, 2022-Nov-16

The Orion spacecraft for Artemis 1 being integrated for launch in October 2020

Interior view of the Orion CM showing the test dummy Moonikin Campos occupying the commander's seat

The Earth as seen from Artemis 1 en route to the Moon

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