The historic Artemis I mission is just beginning its lunar journey

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The third time is a charm and now NASA’s mega rocket has made history.

The Artemis I mission launched on Wednesday on its journey to the moon. With a light show in the early morning sky over 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 swept over the rocket’s home at the Kennedy Space Center. Another leak nearly got in the way of this week’s launch, but NASA’s red crew — a heroic team tasked with making live repairs to a fuel rocket — came in at the 11th hour.

The Artemis team members overcame the challenges thrown their way, and when the rocket launched, it felt like a moment that revived hope for future explorations.

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

The Orion spacecraft shared its view of Earth more than 57,000 miles (91,733 kilometers) away from the planet.

Hours after the launch of Artemis I, 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 forward on a 25.5-day journey that will loop around the moon and return to Earth on December 11. This Monday, the rocket will make its closest approach to the lunar surface. During its cosmic journey, Orion is expected to break the distance record for a human-rated Apollo 13 spacecraft.

Follow the upcoming milestones of Orion’s lunar journey using CNN’s new interactive.

Many people tend to take running water for granted, assuming that when the tap opens, it will always be there.

But this finite resource is a little more precious than it seems. Water scarcity is already a problem for billions of people, and it will only get worse during the climate crisis.

Taking certain measures to save water consumption with your kitchen faucet, toilet, washing machine and outdoors can have a positive impact.

Find more ideas on how to minimize your role in the climate crisis in CNN’s Life, But Greener limited newsletter 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 mom, Sutherland, a leaf so they could share the experience together — and scientists captured the interaction on camera.

Fiona was “leaf grooming,” or touching and manipulating the leaf beforehand, a common behavior that remains a mystery to researchers. Then Fiona showed the leaf to her mother.

“She seems to show it just to show it off. It’s like, ‘Look, look, this is cool, isn’t it?’ And that’s very human and something that we thought was fairly unique to our species,” said Katie Slocombe, a psychology professor at the University of York in the UK.

Captive chimpanzees have been observed pointing to things they want from human caretakers. But seeing social behavior in wild chimpanzees simply suggests “show and tell” could reveal more about how they communicate.

Imagine being an ant just walking on the forest floor as the spores rain down from above.

The seemingly harmless spore rain is actually a parasitic fungus that takes control of the ant’s body and brain, effectively turning it into a zombie.

The infected ant climbs a tree, clings to a dangling leaf, and dies as the fungus eats it. Then, like a scene from the movie “Alien,” the parasite bursts out of its host’s body, releasing the spores that will claim more unwitting ant prey.

But scientists have discovered a new plot twist in this horror story that may help save ants from this zombie-like fate.

A newborn star forms 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 emanating from a chaotic newborn star. Material ejecting from the star has formed into a cosmic hourglass.

Meanwhile, Webb has used his infrared vision to effectively peer back in time and see some of the most distant galaxies ever observed through a telescope.

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

Need some tidbits to share with friends and family this Thanksgiving? Keep these stories under wraps:

— A meteorite that landed in a family’s front yard in England may explain where Earth’s water came from.

– A 600-year-old English coin has surfaced on the coast of Newfoundland and historians are trying to trace the journey the rare artifact took to reach Canada.

– The earliest known evidence of cooking from 780,000 years ago shows that our ancient human ancestors feasted on an extinct species of fish that grew to 2 meters in length.

Speaking of partying, the Wonder Theory team is taking some time off for Thanksgiving. On Saturday 26 November we have no new edition for you. But you can bet we’ll be back on December 3rd to share all the space and science wonders. Until then!

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