Earth rises over a shadowed moon as a blue beacon in a recent video release from NASA’s Artemis 1 mission.
The Orion spacecraft took off on its unmanned journey on Monday (Nov. 21), the same day it burned out a crucial engine on the lunar lander. Five days ago, Orion launched Artemis 1, the first flight of the Diana Artemis program.
The two-minute video shows Earth slowly appearing behind the moon as Orion flies overhead. The moon is completely invisible in the shadow, and our planet seems to emerge from the black void.
The sighting was taken at 8:05 a.m. EST (1305 GMT) on Monday, about six minutes after Orion regained contact with NASA’s Deep Space Network antennas following the lunar mission, agency officials said in a description accompanying the video on YouTube (Opens in a new tab).
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Video footage transmitted to Earth from an epic live extraterrestrial that happened around the same time as seeing our planet as a “pale blue dot” in space for minutes after Orion regained communication with Earth.
“You see Earth, you see home. In that picture you see yourself there as Orion is 233 miles away. [373,000 kilometers] from planet Earth,” NASA spokeswoman Sandra Jones said during live coverage of Orion’s lunar flyby on NASA television.
Live viewers on Monday will also see the Earth setting after the moon in the moments before Orion lost communication, as expected, to launch its spacecraft on the far side of the moon because radio waves from our planet cannot reach it.
The Artemis 1 mission will confirm the availability of Orion and NASA’s massive Space Launch System rocket for future missions of the Artemis program, which will continue with the Artemis II mission around the moon as early as 2014.
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