Successful launch of NASA’s Artemis 1 brings humanity closer to returning to the Moon

NASA’s Artemis 1 mission has finally managed to take off. An important success for the return of Man to the Moon.

The mission Artemis 1 from NASA was finally able to take off after several delays due to engine problems, fuel leaks or the whims of Mother Nature, leaving the US space agency no choice but to postpone. It is the first time that the Space Launch System (SLS), NASA’s most powerful rocket today, and the Orion spacecraft have flown together: it also officially marks the beginning of the agency’s Artemis program, which is to allow the return of the Man in the surface of the Moon.

NASA’s Artemis 1 mission has finally lifted off

There was a very tense moment before this successful launch attempt, NASA was not sure if the rocket would get off the ground. The team had indeed discovered a leak in the liquid hydrogen refueling valve, it took some time to tighten everything. In addition, the US Space Force had to repair the radar responsible for tracking the rocket launch because it was disconnected. Eventually, the ground crew was able to repair the hydrogen leak, and the Space Force found the problem with the radar, a faulty Ethernet switch.

NASA had to delay Artemis 1’s takeoff by about an hour, but that was the last delay. The SLS rocket managed to take off. The Orion capsule successfully deployed its solar arrays minutes later, and power to the engines was cut off for separation and for them to fall back into the Atlantic Ocean. The rocket’s second stage fired its engine to send Orion on its way to the Moon. This in turn separated, leaving the spacecraft to begin its four-week journey around the Moon, before returning to Earth. During its journey, the capsule will deploy 10 CubeSats designed to conduct various analyzes that will aid future deep space missions.

An important milestone for the return of Man to the Moon

Artemis 1 will provide NASA with the data the agency needs to ensure astronauts have a safe trip to the Moon aboard the Orion capsule. The program will also give the agency the opportunity to see if the spacecraft’s heat shield can sufficiently protect the astronauts on board when they re-enter the atmosphere and dive into the Pacific Ocean. Hopefully, NASA will be able to prepare Artemis 2, Orion’s first crewed mission that will send astronauts into orbit around the Moon.

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