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Orion takes an incredible image of ‘Earthset’ | Digital Trends Spanish


Five days after launch from Earth Aboard NASA’s next-generation Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the Orion spacecraft has made a successful flyby of the moon, coming within just 81 miles of its surface. During their close encounter, they also took an amazing image of Earth.

NASA released the incredible photo of “Earthset” on Monday. It shows Earth moving behind the moon, with part of the Orion spacecraft also visible.

Earthset. 🌎@NASA_Orion captured this shot of Earth “setting” while the spacecraft passed close to the Moon. Nearly 270,000 miles (430,000 km) away, #Artemis I will soon surpass Apollo 13’s record-setting distance from Earth in a spacecraft designed to carry astronauts. pic.twitter.com/lvDS7nGPRo

— NASA (@NASA) November 21, 2022

The unmanned Artemis I mission is testing new hardware ahead of crewed missions to the moon that will culminate in a permanent astronaut presence on the lunar surface and in lunar orbit, similar to how humans live and work on the orbiting International Space Station. low ground today.

“Orion passed 81 miles over the moon, traveling at 5,102 mph”,said NASA in an update on its website on Monday, November 21. “At the time of the lunar flyby, Orion was more than 230,000 miles from Earth.”

The space agency added: “The outgoing powered flyby burn is the first of two maneuvers required to enter distant retrograde orbit around the moon. The spacecraft will perform the distant retrograde orbit insertion burn on Friday, November 25, using the European Service Module.

He confirmed that the Orion spacecraft will remain in this orbit for about a week to test its various spacecraft systems.

Orion will reach its furthest from Earth on Monday, November 28, when it will be more than 268,500 miles from home, farther than any human-qualified spacecraft has ever traveled in space.

NASA is clearly delighted with how the mission is going so far. If all goes well, the spacecraft will return to Earth for a splashdown landing off the California coast on December 11.

A successful mission will pave the way for Artemis II, which will take the same route, but with astronauts on board. Artemis III, which could take place as early as 2025, will strive to put the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface as NASA moves toward establishing a permanent presence on our nearest celestial neighbor.

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