Five days after her launch.
Five days after launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida, NASA’s Artemis 1 robotic mission, paving the way for a permanent human presence on the Moon, has reached its destination.
Mission Time: 5 days, 6 hrs, 50 min
Orion is 228,083 miles from Earth, 1,371 miles from the Moon, cruising at 4,729 miles per hour.
P: (-206092, -99977, -37068)
V: (4550, -951, -870)
O: 53º, 47.6º, 5.8º
What’s this? https://t.co/voR4yGgqXG #TrackArtemis pic.twitter.com/LWgqqcC87b
— Orion Spacecraft (@NASA_Orion) November 21, 2022
LIVE NOW: The @NASA_Orion spacecraft is performing its first powered lunar flyby.
— Howard Hu (@HowardHuNASA) November 21, 2022- Advertisement -
According to a NASA statement at the time of the lunar flight, the Orion capsule was more than 230,000 miles from Earth.
This was his third successful launch attempt, after two were aborted at the last minute in the summer due to technical problems, while two cyclones also delayed takeoff for weeks.
Fifty years after the last mission of the Apollo program, this test flight, which will circle the moon without landing on it and without carrying astronauts, is expected to confirm that the rocket is safe to carry future crews.
It marks the grand launch of the Artemis program, which aspires to send the first woman and the first non-white astronaut to the Moon.
The goal is to establish a sustainable human presence there to prepare for a trip to Mars.
Docking in the Pacific Ocean is scheduled for December 11.
In 2024, the Artemis 2 mission will take astronauts to the Moon, but still won’t land there. The landing honor will belong to the Artemis 3 crew and will take place in 2025 at the earliest.
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