A moon landers first mission to capture a sample of a moon rock has been successfully launched and will make it to its destination in about a month.
The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Orbcomm-built Moktar spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at 4:35 a.m.
ET on Friday, with its payload attached to the rocket.
The Atlas V had to slow down to make way for the rocket’s engine in order to clear a landing area in the Mojave Desert in California.
The payload was attached to a United Launch Association Atlas V Heavy rocket, which is capable of lifting off and returning to Earth at speeds up to 5,500 mph.
The Mokta spacecraft is expected to be ready for its mission in about 48 hours, NASA said in a statement.
It was the second launch of Orbcomm’s Moktras first mission, which was launched to the moon in December.
Orbcomm said the Orbis 2, which also carries a satellite and other instruments, had been safely recovered.
It’s the second successful launch of a spacecraft in the U.S. for Orbcomm.
The company launched the Orbimaster, a small spacecraft designed to take pictures of Earth from space, in 2014.
It also has an orbital mission planned to the planet Mars.