Friday, February 3

NASA Releases Stunning High-Resolution Lunar Images of Orion’s Flyby | Digital Trends Spanish

By all accounts, the NASA’s Artemis I mission it has gone remarkably well, setting up the space agency for a crewed landing on the lunar surface possibly as early as 2025.

The mission began on November 16 with the maiden flight of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the most powerful spacecraft ever flown.

The SLS propelled the unmanned Orion toward the moon, where it performed flybys of Earth’s nearest neighbor at the beginning and end of the spacecraft’s time in lunar orbit.

The second of these flybys took place earlier this week, and NASA has just released some amazingly detailed images captured by Orion’s Optical Navigation Camera as it passed 79 miles from the lunar surface.

Jim Free, NASA Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development, has also been very impressed by the quality of the images, sharing some of his favorite shots with his Twitter followers.

The Orion spacecraft is now on its way home and is scheduled to land on the California coast near San Diego on Sunday, December 11. Here’s how to watch homecoming.

NASA will perform extensive checks on the capsule to see how it fared during its journey, and will also examine the reams of data collected by Orion during the multi-week mission. He will then set a firm date for Artemis II, which will use the same rocket and spacecraft to send a human crew on an identical path as Artemis I.

Ultimately, NASA wants to build a base on the moon for astronauts to live and work on. Such a facility could also act as an operations center for the first manned mission to Mars, which could be launched from the lunar surface if scientists can effectively mine the moon’s water ice to turn it into rocket fuel.

NASA’s first crewed moon landing in 1969 ushered in a new but short-lived era of human space travel, but today the agency believes that newer technology and commercial partnerships will allow it to take human space exploration to the next level.

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