Monday, November 21, 2022

NASA's Artemis I Orion Spacecraft Approaching The Moon

NASA's Artemis I Orion Spacecraft Approaching The Moon

A portion of the far side of the Moon looms large just beyond the Orion spacecraft in these images taken on the sixth day of the Artemis I mission on Nov. 21, 2022, by a camera on the tip of one of Orion's solar arrays. Orion came within 80 miles of the lunar surface—the closest approach of the uncrewed Artemis I mission—before moving into a distant retrograde orbit around the Moon.

The spacecraft entered the lunar sphere of influence Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 making the Moon instead of Earth the main gravitational force acting on the spacecraft.  

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. 

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Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Capture Date: Nov. 21, 2022

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