When NASA launched the Artemis I mission early Wednesday morning, it was something people had waited weeks, months, years, and even decades to see happen. The flight is unmanned, but it marks a milestone in the work being done to return humans to the moon for the first time since the Apollo missions.
NASA’s history office noted the span of time that had passed between Apollo and Artemis on twitter shortly after the 12:47 a.m. CDT launch.
Johnson Space Center Director Vanessa Wyche also congratulated all the teams that made the launch a success.
Those who’ve been to space and those who are space enthusiasts shared the excitement.
Growing up in Orlando, I've seen a lot of rocket launches from my backyard. Tonight was the first time I watched one live from the space coast. I'll never forget the moment when the crowd counted down and the sky went from pitch black to bright orange.— Veronica Baughman ☮️ (@vvbb_101) November 16, 2022
Life changing. #Artemis
And Planetary Society posted: @exploreplanets Congratulations @NASA on the launch of #Artemis 1! This is a big deal! This is one small step to the next giant leap back to the Moon. Welcome to the most exciting decade of human space exploration since Apollo.