Orion’s Artemis 1 probe watches Earth rise above the Moon
Earth rises above the shadowed moon like a blue beacon in newly released video from NASA’s Artemis 1 mission.
The uncrewed Orion The spacecraft captured the image on Monday (November 21), the same day it performed a key engine combustion during a lunar flyby. Five days earlier, Orion had launched into space Artemis 1first NASA flight Artemis program.
The two-minute video shows Earth slowly appears behind month while Orion flies overhead. The moon is completely invisible in the shadow, which makes our planet appear to be emerging from a black void.
The video was captured at 8:05 a.m. EST (1:05 p.m. GMT) on Monday, about six minutes after Orion regained contact with NASA’s deep-space antenna network following its lunar maneuver, agency officials said in a statement alongside video on YouTube (opens in new tab).
The video footage was transmitted to Earth from beyond epic live broadcast which took place around this time, which focused on viewing our planet as “pale blue dot” deep in space within minutes of Orion re-establishing communication with Earth.
“You see the Earth; you see home. You see yourself in that picture right there because Orion is 232,000 miles away [373,000 kilometers] away from planet Earth,” NASA spokeswoman Sandra Jones said during a live broadcast of Orion over the moon on NASA Television.
Live viewers on Monday also saw Earth slip behind the moon moments before Orion lost communication, as expected, to perform its engine maneuver on the far side of the moon, where radio waves from our planet cannot reach.
The Artemis 1 mission tests the readiness of Orion and NASA’s massive Space Launch System rocket for future Artemis missions, which will continue with Artemis 2 a manned mission around the moon as early as 2024.
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