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The historic Artemis I mission is just beginning its lunar journey

The historic Artemis I mission is just beginning its lunar journey

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Third time’s the charm and now NASA’s mega rocket has made history.

The The Artemis I mission launched on its journey to the Moon Wednesday. Putting on a light show in the early morning sky above Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Space Launch System lifted the unmanned Orion spacecraft through the sky.

Years of delays were followed by recurring problems with hydrogen leaks and two hurricanes that tore through the rocket house at the Kennedy Space Center. Another leak almost got in the way of this week’s liftoff, but NASA’s Red Crew — the heroic team tasked with performing live repairs on the fueled rocket — flew in at the 11th hour.

The members of Team Artemis overcame the challenges thrown their way, and as the rocket launched, it felt like a moment that reignited hopes for future research.

As Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA’s first female launch director, said, “The harder the climb, the better the view. Tonight we showed the Space Coast what a beautiful sight it is.”

Hours after Artemis I’s launch, the Orion spacecraft began sharing its impressive views from space.

The capsule’s cameras captured a breathtaking perspective of our planet. The images were reminiscent of those last seen 50 years ago, taken from Apollo 17 in 1972.

The Artemis I mission is hurtling toward a 25.5-day journey that will circle the Moon and return to Earth on December 11. This Monday, the rocket will make its closest approach to the moon’s surface. On its journey through space, Orion is expected to break the distance record for a manned spacecraft set by Apollo 13.

Follow up the upcoming milestones of Orion’s journey to the Moon using CNN’s new interactive.

Many people tend to take running water for granted, assuming that once the faucet is turned on, it will always be there.

But this limited resource is a little more precious than it seems. Water scarcity is already a problem for billions of people, and it is getting worse amid the climate crisis.

Taking certain measures to conserve water use with your kitchen faucet, toilet, washing machine and outside your home can have a positive impact.

Find more ideas on how to minimize your role in the climate crisis CNN’s Life, But Greener newsletter limited series.

Wild chimpanzee Fiona (right) shows a leaf to her mother Sutherland (left) in Uganda's Kibale National Park.

In Uganda’s Kibale National Park, a wild chimpanzee named Fiona showed her mother a Sutherland leaf so they could share the experience together – and scientists caught the interaction on camera.

Fiona was “leaf editing,” or previously touching and manipulating the leaf, a common behavior that remains a mystery to researchers. Then Fiona showed the paper to her mom.

“She seems to be showing it just to show it. It’s like, ‘look, look, this is cool, right?’ And that’s very human and something that we thought was pretty unique to our species,” said Katie Slocombe, a professor of psychology at the University of York in the United Kingdom.

Captive chimpanzees have been observed pointing to things they want from their human caretakers. But watching social behavior in wild chimpanzees suggesting simple “show and tell” they can discover more about how they communicate.

Imagine you are an ant just walking on the forest floor when spores fall from above.

The seemingly harmless slow shower is actually a parasitic fungus that takes over the ant’s body and brain – basically turning it into a zombie.

An infected ant climbs a tree, clings to a hanging leaf, and dies as the fungus consumes it. Then, like a scene from the movie “Alien,” the parasite erupts from its host’s body and releases spores that will take even more of the ant’s unwitting prey.

But scientists have discovered a new twist in this horror story it could help save the ants from this zombie-like fate.

A newborn star is at the heart of a new James Webb Space Telescope image that looks like an hourglass.

An awe-inspiring new image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows the gas and dust released by a chaotic newborn star. The material moving away from the star is shaped into a cosmic hourglass.

Meanwhile, Webb used his infrared vision to effectively peer into the past and see some of the most distant galaxies ever observed by a telescope.

The unusually bright galaxies have flipped the script on what astronomers expected and may change the way they understand the early days of the universe.

Need some Thanksgiving trivia to share with friends and family? Keep these stories under your hood:

— A a meteorite that fell into the yard of a family in England can explain where Earth’s water comes from.

— A 600-year-old English coin found on the coast of Newfoundland, and historians are trying to trace the path by which the rare artifact reached Canada.

— The earliest known evidence of cooking from 780,000 years ago shows our ancient human ancestors fed on an extinct species of fish that reached 6.5 feet in length.

Speaking of feasts, the Wonder Theory team is taking some time off for Thanksgiving. We will not have a new edition for you on Saturday, November 26th. But you can bet we’ll be back to share all the space and science wonders again on December 3rd. Until then!



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