The moon looks stunning in images captured by NASA’s Orion spacecraft as it flew just 81.1 miles (130 kilometers) above the lunar surface during the Artemis 1 mission, closest to Earth’s natural satellite, on Monday (November 21).
Orion is currently preparing for a crucial maneuver that will bring the capsule into high orbit around it the moon On Friday (November 25). The capsule will perform a single-engine burn and all is well, and will remain in orbit around the Moon for about a week before embarking on its journey back to Earth. a land. The spacecraft is scheduled to lift off in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California on December 11th.
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Orion has been busy taking pictures of the Earth and Moon at various phases and distances to test the effectiveness of its optical navigation camera under different lighting conditions as a way to help guide the spacecraft during future crew missions, according to image descriptions at NASA Flickr account (Opens in a new tab).
All is well, the pair could fly astronauts to the vicinity of the Moon as early as 2024 – for the first time since 1972 – during Artemis 2.
After about a year or two, Artemis 3 The astronauts will land near the moon’s south pole.