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NASA Moon mission “Artemis 1” underway: “Space Launch System” rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Spaceport. © Picture Alliance/DPA/AP | john roux

Moon mission Artemis 1 hasn’t been under a good star so far. On Wednesday, NASA’s rocket was finally launched into space. Information and background information in a news ticker.

Update from November 16, 11 am: After months of postponement, the beleaguered NASA moon mission “Artemis 1” finally got underway on Wednesday. The unmanned capsule “Orion” with the rocket “Space Launch System” took off from the Cape Canaveral Cosmodrome in the US state of Florida, as shown in live images from the US space agency NASA. Orion is scheduled to orbit the Moon for about three weeks before the capsule is expected to return to Earth on December 11. “Speechless,” tweeted German astronaut Alexander Gerst at the start.

With the “Artemis” program, named after the Greek goddess of the moon, American astronauts will land on the moon again in the coming years, the first time a woman and a non-white person. The “Artemis 1” launch that has now taken place is intended to prepare for manned flights. The European Space Agency ESA and the space agencies of many other countries are involved.

The mission was a prolonged failure: after development and construction delays and skyrocketing costs, the first test launch had to be postponed several times – partly due to two consecutive storms and technical problems. The first manned launch is currently planned for 2025 at the earliest. The “Artemis II” is said to have a crew of four and orbit the Moon, with the “Artemis III” finally landing people on the Moon again.

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Moon mission Artemis 1 underway: rocket launch finally successful – breakdown occurred just before start

Update from November 16, 08:19: The launch of the SLS rocket to the Moon also had to be interrupted shortly before liftoff. After a problem refueling with liquid hydrogen, NASA halted the countdown ten minutes before it was due to begin.

There was apparently a leak from an intake valve that had to be repaired. At 1:35 a.m. local time (7:35 a.m. CET), mechanics moved on after fixing problems with the radar. Three minutes later the countdown started again.

Artemis 1 mission launched today: NASA rocket with unmanned capsule on its way to the Moon

Update from November 16, 07:51: The mission of the US space agency “Artemis 1” has begun. The rocket took off with the unmanned capsule “Orion” 1:48 a.m. local time (7:48 a.m. CET) from the US spaceport at Cape Canaveral for the test flight. NASA showed the launch live in a stream.

Moon mission Artemis 1 begins: NASA’s rocket launches today

Update from November 16, 07:28: Now it should finally work. Several attempts to launch the Artemis 1 unmanned lunar mission had previously failed. Today, Wednesday (16 November), the SLS (Space Launch System) rocket is finally due to leave the Cape Canaveral Spaceport in the US state of Florida and take the Orion capsule into space.

The US space agency NASA defined a two-hour time window for the launch, starting at 1:04 a.m. local time (7:04 a.m. CET).

Artemis 1: Next rocket launch Wednesday, November 16

First report dated November 15, 2022 – Cape Canaveral – again it became important to the United States space project artemis 1 The rocket launch had to be postponed again due to problems. Because of another oncoming storm, NASA has again canceled the planned test launch for its beleaguered lunar mission, this time by only two days.

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November 14 was changed to November 16. The rocket system for the unmanned test flight to the Moon remains on the launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Cosmodrome in the US state of Florida and will not be moved back to the hangar. Hurricane Nicole also hit Florida last weekend and affected parts of the United States wreaked havoc,

The time window for the rocket launch begins just after 7 a.m. (CET) on Wednesday and is estimated to last two hours. NASA, among others, is broadcasting the space event live in a video stream:

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The mission so far has not been under a good star: after development and construction delays and skyrocketing costs, the first test launch had to be postponed several times – partly because of technical problems and because of Hurricane Ian in late September.

With the Artemis program, named after the Greek goddess of the moon, American astronauts are to land on the moon again in the coming years, for the first time a woman and a non-white person. (PF/DPA)

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