NASA’s Orion spacecraft spotted the destination of its Diana 1 lunar probe and captured the stunning moment.
In a video released on Friday (Nov. 18), a half-lit moon is seen in space with the Orion spacecraft in the foreground, complete with the NASA “worm” logo, as seen from a camera on top of one of the boxes. four solar wings. At the time, Orion was about halfway to the moon, NASA said in a statement.
“On the third day of the Artemis 1 mission, Orion rotated its solar array and captured the moon with a camera positioned at the rear end,” NASA wrote in the video description. (Opens in a new tab).
NASA Orion was launched on the Artemis 1 mission on Wednesday (Nov. 16) aboard the First Launch System (SLS), which is currently the world’s most powerful rocket. Orion will fly a 25-day journey to the moon and return to Earth on Nov. 11 in a shakedown spacecraft. NASA is using its Artemis flight test program to see if the Orion SLS rockets are ready to fly astronauts to the moon, with crews targeting a lunar landing in 2025.
You can see the latest amazing view from Orion, which is equipped with 24 of its external cameras, solar arrays and internal ones, as the annals of its historical flight experiment.
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A few hours later, Orion caught the ground behind the falling moon to penetrate the moon. Check it out below.
NASA also launched a new Artemis All-Access video series that will provide weekly updates on the mission as it ventures to the moon and back.
The first event, which NASA also took place on Friday, chronicles the first three days of the Artemis 1 mission, including stunning views of space separation from its SLS rocket’s upper stage, milestone deployment of the cubesat and an update from NASA’s Dan Huot on how the mission is progressing. He proceeded with it. Watch the video below to check it out.
As of Saturday morning (Nov. 19), Artemis 1 Orion was sailing 216,391 miles (348, 247; kilometers) from Earth, 93,048 miles (149,746 km) from the moon and traveling at 995 mph (1,601 kph), according to NASA. You can track Orion through space on its mission through NASA’s Artemis Tracks website (Opens in a new tab).
So far, Orion’s flight has gone relatively smoothly, with NASA mission instructors saying it has exceeded their expectations, despite minor hiccups as engineers learn how to operate the spacecraft in deep space.
On Monday morning (Nov. 21), Artemis 1 Orion will make its closest approach to the moon on a flyby, coming within 60 miles (100 km) of the moon as it prepares to orbit its entire wide and narrow band.
NASA will launch Artemis 1’s lunar flyby beginning at 7:15 am EST (1215 GMT), with the time of closest approach scheduled for just after 7:57 am EST (1257 GMT). Orion will enter its final orbit around the moon on November 25 at 4:52 pm EST (2152 GMT), with NASA coverage beginning at 4:30 pm EST (2130 GMT). You can watch NASA’s Artemis 1 Orion interwebs on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
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