NASA launches its Artemis 1 mission from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

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NASA launches its Artemis 1 mission

The US  space agency NASA launched its Artemis 1 mission on 16 November, 2022 from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida.

Important facts

  • About eight minutes after launch, the core stage's engines cut off and the core stage separated from the rest of the rocket.

  • After this, the Orion spacecraft was propelled by the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS). 

  • NASA also deployed the four solar arrays of the Orion spacecraft.

  • After completing "translunar injection", Orion separated itself from the ICPS and is now on its way to lunar orbit.

About Artemis 1 mission 

  • For the first time in 50 years since the end of the Apollo program, the launch of Artemis 1 is an ambitious US mission to return astronauts to the surface of the Moon.

  • The Artemis 1 launch will also be the first flight of NASA's 21st century moon-exploration program.

  • With Artemis 1 on the surface of the Moon, NASA aims to demonstrate new technologies, business approaches and capabilities that are essential for future explorations, including Mars.

  • The launch aims to further aid in the study of the Moon, its origin and history.

ISRO’s Moon Exploration Mission 

  • Chandrayaan 1 

  • Chandrayaan-2 

  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) recently announced India's third lunar mission Chandrayaan-3, which will consist of a lander and a rover.

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