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We are going to the Moon! At 1:47 EST on Nov. 16, 2022, our…

We are going to the Moon! At 1:47 EST on Nov. 16, 2022, our…

A long exposure shot captures the rocket’s trail from launch pad into the distance. Several branches near the bottom of the image frame the body of water that divides the space between the photographer and the launch pad. Credit: NASA/Keegan BarberALT

We are going to the Moon!

At 1:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 16, 2022, our Orion spacecraft launched aboard the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket from historic Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a path to the Moon, officially beginning the Artemis I mission.

This mission is the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, the SLS rocket, and Kennedy ground systems. This is the very first time this rocket and spacecraft have flown together, and it’s the first of many Artemis missions to the Moon. Artemis I is uncrewed, but it lays the groundwork for increasingly complex missions that will land humans on the lunar surface, including the first woman and the first person of color to do so.

With Artemis, we will build a long-term human presence on the Moon and prepare humanity for future exploration plans to Mars and beyond.

See more photos of Artemis I on our Flickr.

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