NASA has launched its Artemis 1 Moon rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It was the third lucky break for Nasa’s Space Launch System, which the space agency has been attempting to launch since August.
The rocket was launched in the early hours of November 16th.
Nasa said this mission is important to humanity as it aims to bring humans back to the moon.
US Space Agency Administrator Bill Nelson said it was the largest shockwave he had experienced on a launch.
The rocket missed its initial launch time at 1:04 a.m. ET (6:04 a.m. GMT), but lifted off at around 1:47 a.m. ET.
This is the first time NASA has launched such a rocket in decades.
Artemis I is not a manned mission, but it must orbit the moon to test three key components.
These are Nasa’s Space Launch System (SLS), the Orion spacecraft and the European Service Module (ESM).
The Orion spacecraft and ESM should come within 62 miles of the lunar surface and then travel 40,000 miles beyond.
Once the rocket has orbited the dark side of the moon, it should land in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego.
Nasa will be closely monitoring the Artemis 1 mission as it rockets away from Earth in case it has yet to be aborted.
It is hoped that Artemis 2 will carry people around the moon in the next few years.
Both missions build on Artemis 3, which aims to bring the first woman and the first person of color to the lunar surface.
NASA says it has now opened “a new chapter in human lunar exploration.”
Once the Artemis missions bring people to the moon, we hope to be able to reach Mars.
Exploring the lunar surface and its resources could help create a lunar base for humans and launch space rockets more efficiently.
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