NASA has successfully launched its Artemis I Moon rocket, after two aborted launch attempts.
NASA on Wednesday successfully launched its Artemis I Moon rocket, the first step in an an ambitious plan by the US space agency to send humans back to the Moon. The launch of the Moon rocket comes after two aborted launch attempts on August 29 and September 3, due to fuel line leaks and other technical issues with the rocket.
Last week, the Artemis I Moon rocket withstood rain and winds from Hurricane Nicole taking minimal damage to a strip of protective sealant from the exterior of the Orion spacecraft. NASA delayed the launch of the rocket by two days to Wednesday.
NASA has named its Moon mission after the Greek goddess of the hunt, and the program aims to send humans back to the Moon by 2025. The last time astronauts walked the surface of the Moon was in 1972, as part of NASA’s Apollo mission. The Artemis mission eventually plans to set up a base for astronauts on the Moon, ahead of long-term plans to send humans to Mars.
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