Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft sees moon for first time in video
NASA’s Orion spacecraft spotted the destination of its Artemis 1 test flight to the moon and captured a stunning video to mark the moment.
The image released on Friday (November 18) shows a half-illuminated moon in the distance with Orion spacecraft in the foreground, along with NASA’s “worm” logo, as seen from a camera on top of one of the capsule’s four solar wings. in that time, Orion was about halfway to the moonNASA said in a statement.
NASA launched Orion without a crew Artemis 1 mission on Wednesday (November 16) at the top of the first agency Space Launch System (SLS), which is now the world’s most powerful rocket. Orion will fly a 25-day trip to the moon and back for a cruise that will return to Earth on December 11. NASA is using the mission as a test flight for its own Artemis program to see if the SLS rocket and Orion are ready to fly astronauts to the moon, with a manned moon landing planned for 2025.
The video is the latest amazing view from Orionwhich is equipped with 24 cameras spread along the exterior, solar arrays and interior to record its historic test flight.
In the hours immediately following launch, Orion captured images of Earth’s trailing crescent moon as it headed toward the Moon. See below.
NASA also launched a new one Artemis All-Access Video Series which will provide weekly updates on the mission as it travels to the Moon and back.
The first episode, also released by NASA on Friday, chronicles the first three days of the Artemis 1 mission, including stunning views of the spacecraft’s separation from the SLS rocket’s upper stage, milestones in the deployment of the cubesats, and an update from NASA’s Dan Huot on how the mission went. away. Watch the video below to see for yourself.
As of early Saturday (November 19), the Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft was 216,391 miles (348,247 kilometers) from Earth, 93,048 miles (149,746 km) from the Moon and cruising through space at 995 mph (1,601 km/h), according to NASA. You can track Orion through space on its mission through NASA’s Track Artemis Web page (opens in new tab).
so far, Orion’s flight went relatively smoothlyand NASA mission managers say it has exceeded their expectations, despite minor problems as engineers learn how the craft works in deep space.
On Monday morning (Nov. 21), Artemis 1 Orion will make its closest approach to the moon on a flyby, coming within 60 miles (100 km) of the moon as it prepares to complete its wide, circular orbit.
NASA will webcast Artemis 1’s flyby of the Moon live starting at 7:15 a.m. EST (12:15 GMT), with closest approach scheduled for shortly after 7:57 a.m. EST (12:57 GMT). Orion will enter its final orbit around the Moon on November 25 at 16:52 EST (21:52 GMT), with NASA coverage beginning at 16:30 EST (21:30 GMT). You can watch NASA’s Artemis 1 Orion webcasts live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
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