FLORIDA, November 17, 2022—At 1:47 a.m. EST, on Nov. 16, 2022, our first NASA Artemis Moon mission lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. NASA’s Orion Spacecraft is now on its way to lunar orbit, where it will spend more than three weeks soaring through space as it flies further from Earth than any spacecraft ever built for humans.
Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test, which means that it doesn’t have any NASA Astronauts on board: instead, this mission is running a thorough test of Orion and our other Artemis hardware while carrying a number of scientific experiments. On our next Artemis missions, astronauts will orbit the Moon and, starting with Artemis III, land at the lunar South Pole, building a long-term presence for scientific discovery and the advancement of humanity.
Learn more about how—and why—we’re going: nasa.gov/artemis