Saturday, December 03, 2022

New Earth & Moon Views | NASA's Artemis I Orion Spacecraft

New Earth & Moon Views | NASA's Artemis I Orion Spacecraft

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Flight Day 17: Orion Points to Earth
Flight Day 17: Orion's Array Over the Moon
Flight Day 17: A Sliver of Home
Flight Day 16: Orion's Optical Navigation Camera Captures Moon
Flight Day 16: Orion and Our Lunar Neighbor

Flight Day 12: Orion in Orange

Flight Day 12: Orion in Yellow

NASA's Artemis I Orion spacecraft reentered the lunar sphere of influence on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, making the Moon the main gravitational force acting on the spacecraft. It will exit the lunar sphere of influence for a final time on Tuesday, Dec. 6, one day after its return powered flyby about 79 miles above the lunar surface and ahead of Orion’s splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 11, 2022. 

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. 27-Dec. 3, 2022

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