If all goes well, Capstone is expected to reach the moon on November 13
The US space agency (NASA) announced that its loss of contact with the small Capstone spacecraft was relatively brief, as it managed to restore communication with the craft headed to the Moon as a precursor to future manned ‘Artemis’ missions. No further explanations for the cause of the problem have been given, at least for now.
MISSION UPDATE: Communications are back!
— NASA Ames (@NASAAmes) July 6, 2022
The loss of communication occurred on Monday, when the microwave-oven-sized, 25-kilogram, $33 million craft had left Earth’s orbit and begun its journey to the moon.
His goal Capstone to be put into a highly elliptical orbit to be tested for the first time by the NASA, which intends to use it to house Gateway’s under-development lunar station there. The latter will be used as a way station on the journey of American astronauts to the Moon.
If all goes well, Capstone is expected to reach the moon on November 13.
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