Wednesday, December 7

Watch the Earth rise as seen from the Orion spacecraft | Digital Trends Spanish

After its spectacular launch on the new rocket Space Launch System (SLS) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, November 16, the unmanned Orion spacecraft on Monday made a flyby of the moon that brought it to just 81 miles from the lunar surface.

During what is the first mission in the program artemis of NASA, the flight is testing key technologies for upcoming crewed missions to the moon and beyond.

On Saturday, Orion will pass the farthest point from Earth traveled by a human-class spacecraft. That record was set by the Apollo 13 spacecraft 52 years ago when it carried three astronauts 248,655 miles past Earth.

Two days later, on Monday at 4:06 pm ET, Orion will set a new record when it reaches a point 268,552 miles from Earth.

In the meantime, enjoy this sublime footage (below) captured by one of Orion’s cameras, showing Earth emerging from behind the moon.

“Earth rises from behind the moon in this video captured by a camera on one of Orion’s solar array wings,” NASA said in a commentary accompanying the video. “The video was taken at 8:05 a.m. ET on the sixth flight day of the 25.5-day Artemis I mission, shortly after the bulge-powered flyby and six minutes after the spacecraft regained connection to the Grid. of NASA Deep Space.

Earth Rise as Seen from Orion Spacecraft

NASA recently said that the Artemis I mission has, so far, exceeded expectations. The spacecraft is scheduled to land off the California coast on December 11. After that, NASA will send the Orion on the same trip as part of the Artemis II mission, but this time, with astronauts on board. And then Artemis III will see NASA put the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface in what will be the first astronaut lunar landing since the last Apollo mission in 1972.

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