The Artemis 1 mission has started. Yesterday, at 7:47 am in Italy, the Space Launch System (SLS) took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The gigantic rocket will carry the Orion capsule, without men on board, around the Moon. It will be the first step in the return of human exploration on the Moon. "It is the beginning of a new major international collaboration that once again sees Italy and its entire industrial chain among the protagonists, continuing a path that has made us partners of excellence over time in the challenge of space exploration –the president of ASI, Giorgio Saccoccia, stated - Europe, USA and many other countries in the world united in a single goal destined for the progress of all humanity: to return to the Moon to stay there Fifty years after the last Apollo mission, today, with Artemis 1 we go to the Moon to make new discoveries, learn to live and work beyond the boundaries of our planet. This mission represents a great moment for all those who are contributing to this exciting project, but also for all those who look at space, technology, to the future with the eyes of those who believe in human ingenuity and never stop dreaming". The Italian participation in this program also develops thanks to the fundamental contribution and the important cooperation work between the Italian Space Agency, Italian industry, and several SMEs. The involvement of the industry starts with Leonardo and Thales Alenia Space, who have created some components of the European Service Module of Orion, produced on behalf of the European Space Agency. In this first launch of SLS, the only European satellite will also be on board the cubesat of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Argomoon, created by the Turin-based company Argotec, which will produce images of the second stage of the launcher.