A rocket is going to send a capsule on a test flight around the moon.

We had a great time following the launch of the Artemis 1 rocket.

The most powerful space rocket in history can be found in our story.

The tie of Kennedy's first female launch director, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, was cut by a former space shuttle launch director.

It is the first time in a console that a successful launch is celebrated.

Continuing with the tradition of the tie-cutting, former Space Shuttle launch director, Mike Leinbach, cuts the tie of Kennedy's first female launch director, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson.

The tradition signifies the first time in a console position after a successful launch. pic.twitter.com/3nrLWRU4Lr

— NASA's Kennedy Space Center (@NASAKennedy) November 16, 2022

The Artemis is about to begin its 25-day mission.

Nasa's Artemis 1 mission is a 25-and-a-half day voyage beyond the far side of the Moon and back.

The Artemis 1 mission will take 25 and a half days to travel beyond the far side of the Moon.

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A time exposure shows the path of the Artemis I rocket as it lifted off from the launch pad.

The path of the Artemis I rocket is shown in a time exposure.

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Spectators watch as the Artemis I lifts off from launch pad 39B at Nasa's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Spectators watch as the Artemis I lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center.

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The Artemis I should yield valuable scientific data.

Valuable scientific data should be yielded by the Artemis.

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After two hurricanes, two months and a number of technical fixes, the most powerful space rocket in history is on course for the moon after lifting off from Florida early on Wednesday.

Our full report can be found below.

The director of the rocket launch made a statement after the launch.

On behalf of all the men and women across our great nation who have worked to bring this hardware together to make this day possible, and for the Artemis generation, this is for you.”

The Artemis I moon rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The Artemis I unmanned lunar rocket lifts off from launch pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 16 November.

On November 16th, the Artemis I lunar rocket will take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The Artemis 1 is currently in the sky.

The main engine cutoff is in the mission timelines. The core stage has separated, after the engines powered off.

The Artemis 1 is traveling at over 12,000 miles per hour.

The rockets are flying together for the first time

A new chapter in human lunar exploration is about to begin.

Four minutes into the flight, we are here.

The Artemis 1 is traveling at a high rate of speed.

The engines are at full power.

After a delay of more than two hours, the Artemis 1 lifted off and is now in the air.

The solid rockets are no longer together.

The launch is 5 minutes away.

The liftoff is now scheduled for the early hours of the morning.

The ground teams at Kennedy Space Center filled the main fuel tanks of the next-generation moon rocket for the first time on Tuesday.

A hydrogen fuel line leak late Tuesday night led to a red team of technicians being sent to the launch pad. The leak has been fixed, according to NASA.

The internet connection that malfunctioned knocked the radar system offline.

The 'red crew' team has successfully remedied the leak, and it has not recurred. Bad ethernet switch is being replaced now.

— NASA's Exploration Ground Systems (@NASAGroundSys) November 16, 2022

The launch teams began loading the rocket's core-stage fuel tanks with hundreds of thousands of gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellant on Tuesday afternoon.

The tanks were filled about five hours before the liftoff. The crews continued to top off the tanks to replenish the small amount of propellant that was left.

The Guardian is covering the launch of the Artemis rocket to the moon.

I will be bringing you the latest developments over the next few hours.

The most powerful rocket ship in history, the Artemis 1, will be launched at 1.04 am on Wednesday.

The launch is part of the new moon program.

50 years after the famed Apollo moonshot, a test flight is planned to send an empty crew capsule to the moon.

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Here is what we know so far if you have just joined us.

  • The capsule is going to go to the moon and back in a 25 day period.

  • Humans won't be on the ship. The crew for Artemis 1 includes sensor-rigged mannequins, a soft toy and a gravity detector.

  • A series of delays through the summer and early fall held the launch date back after attempts in August and September were scrapped when engineers couldn't fix an unrelated fuel leak. The threat of Hurricane Ian prevented the space agency from launching the SLS rocket in October.

  • Bill Nelson explained the purpose of the Artemis program in an interview with Newsweek earlier this year.

  • Each of the first launches of the Artemis program will cost $4.1 billion. It is already billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule according to analysts.