Saturday, November 19, 2022

NASA's Orion I Spacecraft: Moon Mission Selfies | Johnson Space Center

NASA's Orion I Spacecraft: Moon Mission Selfies | Johnson Space Center

Selfie checkouts: On our way to the Moon the flight control team used the cameras on the Orion's solar wings to do a thorough inspection of the spacecraft. The vehicle is healthy and we are proceeding to the Outbound Powered Flyby on Monday, November 21, 2022, which will take us as close as 80 miles to the surface of the Moon.

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)

Image Capture Dates: Nov. 16-18, 2022

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