In pictures: NASA's Artemis 1 heads for the Moon
NASA's Artemis 1 mission has finally launched successfully, so in celebration we bring you its story in images.
NASA's long-awaited Artemis 1 mission has finally launched successfully from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA, after months of setbacks and delays. It is the first mission in a large programme to send astronauts to the Moon, using the most powerful rockets ever built.
This first Artemis launch is uncrewed, but will see the Orion spacecraft travel to the Moon, orbit around it and then return to Earth. Artemis 2 will follow in May 2024, and this time will be crewed.
The mission is the first step to constructing the habitable Lunar Gateway in space, and also aims to take humans back to the Moon, which is tentatively scheduled for 2025, using Artemis 3.
Artemis 4 will hope to take four astronauts up to the Lunar Gateway in 2027, establishing a space station that will orbit the Moon. In the long-term, as well as aiding lunar exploration, it is hoped that the Lunar Gateway will be the launching point for a crewed mission to Mars.
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The engine room
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The light of the silvery Moon
Are you sitting comfortably?
Artemis on the move
We are going... but not just yet
All systems stop
Back to the drawing board
Let's try that again
Ready for the big screen debut
We have lift off!
James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs