US Vulcan rocket launches on Moon mission

The unmanned Vulcan rocket has launched from Florida, on its maiden voyage to the Moon.

On board the rocket is the Peregrine robotic lander, which is carrying five scientific instruments. If the lander touches down safely, it will be the first American craft to land on the lunar surface since the famed Apollo missions.

The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in the US at 07:18 GMT (02:18 EST) and is expected to land on the moon on 23 February.

In the future, the Vulcan rocket will be launching many of America’s national security missions.

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