NASA releases Supercut video of Artemis 1 highlights
After covering more than 2.2 million miles on a After a historic journey to the moon and back, NASA’s Orion capsule crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday after its near-perfect test flight.
This week, NASA released a 24-minute video highlighting some of the most exciting moments of the 25.5-day mission from when the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket launched till the Orion spacecraft parachuted his way down.
SLS lifted off from Launch Pad 39B at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 16, kicking off NASA’s Artemis program that plans to return humans to the moon after more than 50 years.
The video begins with the explosive launch, revealing a unique missile POV as it leaves the ground. SLS’s two side boosters and four RS-25 engines produced a whopping 8.8 million pounds of thrust at launch, making it the most powerful missile ever built.
The missile is then seen through the dark sky, followed by a fiery tail. The side boosters and core stage fell within the first 500 seconds of the mission, while the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage propelled Orion to orbit before separating from the spacecraft.
After that, all focus is on Orion. The video then shows the inside of the crew cabin, which was decorated with hidden messages and souvenirs. The loud roar of the rocket launch is followed by the peaceful tranquility of space, with breathtaking views of the Earth and Moon captured by Orion’s cameras.
The uncrewed pod is eerily quiet, backed by Commander Moonikin Campos, a manikin designed to collect flight data, towards the camera. But the lifeless commander enjoys the view, with terrifying memorable shots revealing Earth and its satellite below of space.
During the mission, Orion made two lunar flights and came within 80 miles (128 kilometers) of the lunar surface.
With just under 10 minutes left in the video, the Orion capsule begins its descent back to Earth. Orion went from 20,000 miles per hour (32,100 kilometers per hour) to 20 mph (32 kph) during its parachute-assisted descent. During its reentry through Earth’s atmosphere, Orion endured temperatures of about 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,760 degrees Celsius), which is about half as hot as the sun’s surface, according to NASA.
The video offers a staggering POV as the capsule makes its way to the ocean, with the three parachutes fluttering overhead. Orion eventually plunges into the ocean, ending its unprecedented journey to the moon and back.
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