The historic Artemis I mission, which aims to pave the way for lunar exploration, has successfully launched to the Moon from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The objective of this unmanned mission is to test the capabilities of the SLS rocket and the Orion spacecraft before a manned trip scheduled, in principle, for 2024. The SLS rocket, with a height greater than a 30-story building (98 meters), has cost NASA about 4,000 million dollars. NASA has had to delay the departure of the mission four times, twice for technical reasons and another two for meteorological reasons.
The overall goal of NASA’s Artemis program is to return humans to the moon for the first time in half a century and the Artemis I mission, expected to be the first of many, will lay the groundwork, testing the rocket and spacecraft. and all of its subsystems to ensure they are safe enough for astronauts to fly to the moon and back.
The last NASA mission in which its astronauts set foot on the Moon dates back to Apollo 17, which took place between December 7 and 19, 1972.