A captivating new video shows the Earth sinking behind our Moon as a spacecraft flies nearby.
Artemis 1NASA’s maiden flight artemis programon sale early wednesday morning (November 16).Every milestone after launch is huge space launch system Rockets have been checked so far. serious engine combustion Unmanned Orion the spaceship of Moon Monday (November 21st).
NASA did live engine combustion and live-streamed footage of Orion flying near the moon when a signal from the capsule became available.
“You’re looking at the Earth. You’re looking at a house. You’re looking at yourself in that image, like Orion is 232,000 miles.” [373,000 kilometers] away from the planet earthsaid NASA spokesperson Sandra Jones during the live Orion lunar flyby on NASA television on Monday (November 21).
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Orion’s high-resolution view of Earth on Monday wasn’t the first time we’ve had a glimpse of our planet from such a distance.
During the broadcast, Jones recalled the famous Christmas Eve broadcast. Apollo 8 On December 24, 1968, when three astronauts sent home live black-and-white footage of the Moon during mankind’s first orbit around the Moon. Apollo 8 crewman Bill Anders also took still color images.”earth rise‘ on the moon’s surface, which remains iconic to this day.
Jones also said, “pale blue dotsImage taken by NASA Voyager 1 In 1990, it was probed beyond orbit from above the plane of the solar system. NeptuneThe moniker comes from a scientist and a popularizer of science carl sagan.
In recent years, earth observation satellites, etc. Suomi NPP When GOES-16 He provided us with a picture of the “blue marble” from above our planet.regular flybys by spacecraft such as BepiColombo In 2020, our Earth’s full disk.
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After Monday’s Orion flyby, Zeb Scoville, NASA’s flight director, said that the lunar spacecraft is currently on track as NASA prepares to send humans back to the lunar realm on its Artemis 2 mission, which is scheduled to fly by 2024. Said the view of the Earth sinking behind was a “game changer”. .
“We were flying the shuttle when I got here,” Scoville recalled on NASA television.
“We were building a space station and flying it. It’s an incredible vehicle, but a way for mankind to return to the moon was always on the horizon… [We’re] We are preparing to bring humans back there in a few years. This is a game changer. “
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