Orion capsule “grazes” the surface of the moon

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press

Cape Canaveral, Florida. – NASA’s Orion capsule arrived near the Moon on Monday, flying over the far side of our satellite and “grazing” the star’s surface before beginning its orbit.

Three mannequins replace the astronauts on the plane.

This is the first time she has visited a lunar capsule since the Apollo program 50 years ago. It also marks a turning point in the $4.1 billion mission that began last Wednesday with the launch of the Artemis rocket.

The Orion capsule approached 130 kilometers from the far side of the Moon. Since communications were then interrupted for thirty minutes, the expedition commanders at Husun ​​had to wait before finding out if the planned engine firing had gone as planned. The capsule eventually reappeared, some 370,000 km from Earth.

The capsule’s camera returned an image of a small blue ball surrounded by black.

“Now we see our little pale blue dot and its population of eight billion,” said Mission Control commentator Sandra Jones.

NASA said the capsule’s speed exceeded 8,000 kilometers per hour when it regained radio contact. Less than an hour later, Orion flew over Tranquility Base, where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on July 20, 1969.

“It’s one of those days that I’ve been thinking about and talking about for a very long time,” said Flight Director Zeb Scoville.

Early Monday, images transmitted by Orion showed the Moon getting closer and closer as the capsule covered its last few thousand miles after blasting off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop the tallest, most powerful rocket NASA has ever built.

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Orion had to go behind the Moon to gain enough speed to put itself into orbit around the satellite. Flight controllers evaluate the data to determine if the engine launch proceeded as planned. A new shootout will put the capsule into its final orbit on Friday.

Next weekend, Orion will break the NASA distance record for a manned spacecraft. Apollo 13 set the current mark of 400,000 km in 1970. On Monday, Orion will be 433,000 km from Earth.

The capsule will spend approximately a week in orbit around the Moon before returning home. It is scheduled to land in the Pacific Ocean on December 11th.

NASA astronauts are expected to attempt a moon landing in 2025 aboard the Space X spacecraft capsule. Astronauts can ride Orion to approach the moon next year.

NASA officials are very pleased with the mission’s progress so far. They told reporters last week that the Space Launch System rocket exceeded expectations.

However, the 98-meter rocket caused unexpected damage to the Kennedy Space Center launch pad. The thrust of four million kilograms was so strong that it tore the armored doors of the elevator apart.

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