NASA’s Orion capsule has sent back spectacular images of the moon. The spacecraft 130km (80 miles) above the lunar surface on Artemis 1’s next mission to Earth’s natural satellite.
The photo used by Orion’s optical navigation system, which captures black and white images of the Earth and the Moon at various levels and distances, NASA explained in a news release posted on Instagram.
NASA has shared four images of different areas of the moon. According to the post, the images released are the closest images taken from a satellite since the Apollo program ended in 1975.
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The post further said: “Orion is also passing through the landing spots from Apollo 11, 12 and 14, and is on its way to a long retrograde orbit, a high-altitude orbit that moves Orion from the opposite direction that the Moon orbits the Earth. . .
The first space capsule flew to the moon in half a century. The Artemis 1 mission was created to test NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft before astronauts boarded a future mission. If the mission is successful, Artemis I will follow a human journey around the moon in 2024 (Artemis II) and could lead to the first woman and the first person of color to land on the moon a year later.
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