As the Artemis 1 mission cruised just 81.1 miles (130 kilometers) above the moon’s surface during its closest approach to Earth’s natural satellite on Monday (November 21), an image taken by NASA’s Orion spacecraft showed: The moon looks spectacular.
Orion is currently preparing for a critical maneuver to launch the capsule into high orbit around it. moon Friday (November 25th). The capsule will perform a single burn and, after all goes well, will remain in lunar orbit for about a week before making its journey back to Earth. earthThe spacecraft is scheduled to land in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California on December 11th.
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According to the image description, Orion will use various phases and distances to test the effectiveness of optical navigation cameras under various lighting conditions as a method to help orient spacecraft during future manned missions. I’ve been busy capturing images of the Earth and the Moon in . NASA’s Flickr account (opens in new tab).
If all goes well, the two could fly astronauts close to the moon as early as 2024. This has been his since 1972. Artemis 2.
After about 1-2 years, Artemis 3 Land an astronaut near the South Pole of the Moon.