Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Orion's First Imagery of Earth | NASA's Artemis I Moon Mission

Orion's First Imagery of Earth NASA's Artemis I Moon Mission

Coverage of the first imagery and views received from the Orion spacecraft 

Seen here is the Orion capsule first look back at Earth for the Artemis I Moon mission. The Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft launched at 1:47am EST from Kennedy Space Center launch pad 39B on November 16, 2022. This will be an uncrewed flight test that will demonstrate the ability of the SLS rocket to safely carry the Orion spacecraft around the Moon and its return and recovery to Earth for the agency’s Artemis Program. Orion is completing a 25-day test flight of all key systems as part of the Artemis I mission. 

The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration, and demonstrate NASA's commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.  It will travel 280,000 miles from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the Moon over the course of about a three-week mission. 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

Capture Date: November 16, 2022

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