On November 16, 2022, the world watched intently as NASA’s SLS liftoff. Although at the time it was a spectacular and exciting experience, NASA has managed to improve it by also showing it in slow motion. So, if you want to relive the launch of the Artemis I mission as if it were a movie, this is the perfect opportunity.
After a long wait, the 2,721-ton rocket took off quickly from the Kennedy Space Center in the state of Florida. He managed to propel the Orion spacecraft to the Moon, destination you have arrived at and where it is performing the planned maneuvers.
The SLS is known as the largest and heaviest rocket in all history. For this reason, the Artemis I mission not only intended to take Orion to the Moon, but also to study whether it was really possible to lift such a heavy ship within the Earth’s atmosphere. The answer, fortunately, is yes; and it is the first step in the deployment of humanity to other celestial bodies of the Solar System.
The launch of the SLS took place very early in Florida. Because of this, many thought that they would not be able to see anything of the show. Nevertheless, the rocket’s side thrusters lit up the dark vistaallowing the video camera to capture an image clear enough to appreciate the details of the SLS taking off into outer space.
NASA achieves a great success with the Artemis I mission for the future of space missions
Years of delays and problems had plagued the launch of the Artemis mission. Now, it seems that NASA has already gained some confidence, and it is that they assure that by 2030 there will already be humans working on the Moon. A very optimistic vision that, perhaps, is the result of the post-launch excitement.
For this, the SLS is a long way from finishing its mission. It has become NASA’s new favorite toy, along with the James Webb, and promises to have a lot of work in the coming years.
As for what we see in the pictures, the ship is engulfed in a large cloud of its own creation. Among the elements that make up this cloud, we have aluminum dust (the fuel), the mineral salt of perchloric acid (oxidant) and polybutadiene acrylonitrile, also known as PBAN (binder). All of this is combined with “water vapor and nitrogen gas, and a lot of energy,” NASA says.