The Artemis 1 is on its way to the moon and already sharing photos from its historic trip that will pave the way for humankind's return to Earth.

The Artemis 1 mission was launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Wednesday morning.

After eight minutes after the liftoff, the SLS's two stages separated, and the rocket's upper stage continued its flight. The European Space Agency confirmed the deployment of the X-shaped solar array ten minutes after that.

The first images from the cameras at the end of the solar wings were beamed to Earth.

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The four solar array deployed. They are able to follow the sun and power up the NASA Orion craft.

The agency shared three pictures of the spaceship, which will travel to the moon and back to show that it is ready for humans.

The first images of the spaceship show some of the subsystems. The blue curve of Earth can be seen in some photos. According to a NASA statement, the cameras are highly modified for use in space.

The SLS second stage accelerated the capsule out of Earth's atmosphere and towards the moon. After the lift-off, there was a separation from the second stage.

The image is the first of three.

The Orion spacecraft seen by a camera on its solar panel.
The Orion spacecraft shortly after separation from Space Launch System core stage. (Image credit: ESA)

The moon-bound Orion spacecraft on its debut journey to the moon.
The Orion spacecraft on its debut journey to the moon. (Image credit: ESA)

NASA's Orion capsule separates from the upper stage of its Artemis 1 Space Launch System rocket about 1 hour and 55 minutes after launch on Nov. 16, 2022.
The upper stage of NASA's Space Launch System rocket separated from the Orion spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA TV)

One video sequence shows the second stage floating away into space.

"Can't get enough of this view of second stage separation as the European Service Module fires its thrusters, with the curve of Earth highlighted by the sun in the background," the European Space Agency said in a statement.

Can't get enough of this view of second stage separation as the European Service Module fires its thrusters – with the curvature of Earth highlighted by the Sun in the background 👏 #ForwardToTheMoon 16, 2022

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It will take about six days to get to the moon. It will make its closest approach to the moon on Monday at 60 miles from the lunar surface.

The record for the greatest distance from Earth ever achieved by a human-rated vehicle will be broken shortly thereafter by the upcoming launch of the new spaceship, dubbed "Orion". An on-board explosion forced the mission team to come up with a rescue plan for the spaceship.

The asteroid will splash into the ocean off the coast of California.

The test flight will pave the way for the first flight with a human crew. The Artemis 2 mission will be the first to take humans back to the moon in 40 years. There will not be astronauts on the moon's surface. Artemis 3 may take place in 25 years.

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