Saturday, November 26, 2022

NASA's Artemis I Orion Spacecraft Looks Back at Earth

NASA's Artemis I Orion Spacecraft Looks Back at Earth

On flight day 7, Nov. 22, 2022, Orion used a camera mounted on the tip of one of its four solar arrays to capture  images of our home planet Earth when it was more than 200,000 miles away. 

Artemis I Mission Update for Flight Day 10: Flight Controllers in the White Flight Control Room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston successfully performed a burn on Nov. 25, 2022, to insert Orion into a distant retrograde orbit by firing the orbital maneuvering system engine for 1 minutes and 28 seconds at 4:52 p.m. CST, propelling the spacecraft at 363 feet per second.

The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration. It will demonstrate NASA's commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond. Orion is completing a 25-day test of all key systems. It will travel 280,000 miles from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the Moon. Orion will stay in space longer than any ship for astronauts has done without docking to a space station and return home faster and hotter than ever before.

On the Artemis III Mission, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the surface of the Moon, paving the way for a long-term lunar presence and serving as a steppingstone on the way to Mars. 

Learn more about Artemis I at:

Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Duration: 4 minutes, 55 seconds

Capture Date: Nov. 22, 2022 

Release Date: Nov. 25, 2022

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