WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding the successful launch of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft for its flight test, Artemis I. This 42-day mission is the first step toward returning American astronauts to the moon.
“Congratulations to NASA and all of those who have worked on the Artemis program. Today’s successful liftoff was a historic achievement in our goal of deep space exploration,” said Senator Shelby. “Launching aboard NASA’s Space Launch System – the most powerful rocket in the world, made at Marshall Space Flight Center right here in Alabama – the Orion spacecraft will orbit the moon and return to Earth before next launching with a manned crew. Today, we demonstrated our commitment to returning humans to the Moon and beyond. Today, we made history. I’m proud of the major role that Alabama played in this monumental success.”