NASA capsule on way to moon after launch by giant new rocket

Spectators wait for the launch of NASA’s new moon rocket launch at Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. This launch is the first flight test of the Artemis program. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

NASA’s Space Launch System rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft launches on the Artemis I flight test, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA’s new moon rocket blasted off on its debut flight with three test dummies aboard Wednesday. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A space capsule hurtled toward the moon Wednesday for the first time in 50 years, following a thunderous launch of NASA’s mightiest rocket in a dress rehearsal for astronaut flights.