On November 16, one of the most long-awaited launches in recent years took place from the Kennedy Space Center. As part of the Artemis I mission, the superheavy SLS rocket sent the Orion spacecraft to the Moon, as well as a passing load in the form of ten experimental cubesats.
The flight takes place in normal mode. Orion has successfully separated from the SLS, deployed solar arrays and is now moving towards the Moon. On November 21, the spacecraft will perform a close flyby of the moon, which will allow it to move into a remote retrograde orbit. Orion will spend six days on it, after which it will carry out a new series of maneuvers that will ensure its return to Earth. If everything goes according to plan, the capsule of the spacecraft will land in the Pacific Ocean on December 11.
On the occasion of the launch of the Artemis program, the editors of The Universe Space Tech have collected a selection of the most spectacular images of the launch of the SLS, taken by various astrophotographers. They clearly convey the power of a superheavy rocket that sent the first spacecraft capable of delivering people to the Moon since 1972.
You can also look at the first pictures of the Earth taken by the cameras of the Orion spacecraft.
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