After months of postponements, the crisis-ridden NASA moon mission "Artemis 1" set off on a first test launch on Wednesday. With the rocket "Space Launch System" the unmanned capsule "Orion" started from the Cape Canaveral cosmodrome in the US state of Florida, as could be seen on live images from the US space agency Nasa.
With the "Artemis" program, named after the Greek goddess of the moon, US astronauts are supposed to land on the moon again in the coming years, for the first time a woman and a non-white person. During the mission, four astronauts are to be brought into lunar orbit with "Orion", where two of them are to change to a landing vehicle for the final approach to the moon - but not before 2025. NASA had brought the last people to the moon in 1972.