OVER THE MOON: Florida Woman Witnesses Spectacular NASA Artemis 1 Launch From Home

This is the moment a NASA spacecraft lights up the Florida night sky in a spectacular liftoff for a mission on the moon aboard the world’s most powerful rocket.

The images were obtained by Newsflash from Christine Jones, who filmed the spacecraft Orion’s thrilling takeoff in Volusia County, located in the US state of Florida – close to its launching site.

Orion was carried by the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, as it began its space journey after it set off for an exploration program from the Kennedy Space Center, located on Merritt Island in the US state of Florida on 16th November.

The Kennedy Space Center said in a statement: ” “NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft lift off on Artemis I from Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 16, 2022, at 1:47 a.m. EST.

“The primary goal of Artemis I is to thoroughly test the integrated systems before crewed missions by operating the spacecraft in a deep space environment, testing Orion’s heat shield, and recovering the crew module after reentry, descent, and splashdown.”

The spacecraft Orion is expected to travel approximately 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometres) beyond the Moon and return to Earth over the course of 25.5 days, according to NASA.

The Artemis I launch seen in Volusia County, Florida, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. The spacecraft was launched at 7:47 AM GMT+1. (Christine Jones/Newsflash)

Mike Sarafin, Artemis I mission manager said: “With the accomplishment of the first major milestone of the mission, Orion will now embark on the next phase to test its systems and prepare for future missions with astronauts.”

NASA claimed it is now one step closer to its plan to send the first woman and the first person of colour to the surface of the Moon through the Artemis missions.