NASA's Artemis I Mission Takes Off in Return to the Moon
NASA successfully launched its Artemis 1 mission early Wednesday morning, the first step in sending humans back to the Moon.
Key Quotes: NASA said the launch marked the beginning of "a new chapter in human lunar exploration." Launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA's first female launch director, told the mission control room after the launch that "You have earned a place in the room; you have earned this moment; you have earned a place in history."
For Context: The launch was delayed several times due to fuel leak concerns and Hurricane Ian. The last manned mission to the Moon was Apollo 17, which took place from December 7-19 in 1972. The rocket stand 322 feet tall and is topped by the Orion capsule that will eventually carry astronauts to the Moon.
How the Media Covered It: Sources across the political spectrum similarly framed the launch as a historic moment for NASA and U.S. space exploration. NBC News called it "a crucial first step toward returning astronauts to the lunar surface." Fox News called it the "first step in mankind’s historic return to the Moon."
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