Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft sees the moon for the first time in video
NASA’s Orion spacecraft has spotted the destination of its Artemis 1 test flight to the moon, capturing stunning video to mark the moment.
In a video released Friday (Nov. 18), the half-lit moon is visible in the distance with the Orion spacecraft in the foreground, complete with NASA’s “worm” logo, seen through a camera on the tip of one of the capsule’s four solar wings. At the time, Orion was about halfway to the moonNASA said in a statement.
NASA launched Orion on is not screwed artemis 1 mission on Wednesday (November 16) on top of the agency’s first Space Launch System (SLS), which is now the most powerful missile in the world. Orion will fly a 25-day trip to the moon and back on a shakedown cruise returning to Earth on December 11. NASA uses the mission as a flight test for its Artemis program to see if the SLS rocket and Orion are ready to fly astronauts to the moon, with a manned lunar landing planned for 2025.
The video is the last great view from Orionwhich is equipped with 24 cameras scattered around the exterior, solar panels and interior to record its historic test flight.
In the hours just after launch, Orion captured a crescent from Earth that was left behind as it made its way to the moon. Check it out below.
NASA also launched a new one Artemis All-Access video series which will provide weekly updates on the mission as it ventures to the moon and back.
The first episode, which NASA also dropped on Friday, details the first three days of the Artemis 1 mission, including stunning footage of spacecraft separation from the upper stage of the SLS rocket, milestones in the cubesat deployment, and a update from NASA’s Dan Huot on how the mission has gone so far. Watch the video below to watch it.
As of the start of Saturday (Nov. 19), the Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft was 216,391 miles (348,247 miles). kilometers) from Earth, 93,048 miles (149,746 km) from the moon and cruising through space at 995 mph (1,601 kph), according to NASA. You can follow Orion through space on its mission through NASA’s Track Artemis website (opens in new tab).
so far, Orion’s flight went relatively smoothlywith NASA mission managers saying it has exceeded their expectations despite minor hiccups as engineers learn how the spacecraft performs in deep space.
On Monday morning (Nov. 21), the Artemis 1 Orion will make its closest approach to the moon in a flyby, coming within 60 miles (100 km) of the moon as it prepares for its full, looping orbit.
NASA will broadcast the Artemis 1 moon flyby live starting at 7:15 a.m. EST (1215 GMT), with the closest approach time scheduled for just after 7:57 a.m. EST (1257 GMT). Orion will enter its final orbit around the moon on Nov. 25 at 4:52 p.m. EST (2152 GMT), with NASA coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST (2130 GMT). You can watch NASA’s Artemis 1 Orion webcasts live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
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