Why the return of the Orion capsule is described by NASA as its “first priority” – Orion managed to capture photos of unique beauty reminiscent of science fiction due to their clarity
Return of Artemis 1 from the moon to Earth may be the most dangerous part of NASA’s ambitious mission. The US space agency’s Orion capsule will enter Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday at a speed of 40,000 kilometers per hour, facing temperatures of 2,760 degrees Celsius, half the heat of the sun.
The Orion capsule will return to Earth at 09:30 PT (19:30 Greek time), and is scheduled to fall into the Pacific Ocean. The spacecraft will have to decelerate from 40,000 kilometers per hour, and endure unimaginable temperatures of 2,760 degrees Celsius during re-entry.
The capsule will return to Earth through a technique known as “skip entry,” which has never been tried on a passenger craft NASA describes as a “first priority” for the mission because engineers need to see that Orion is safe for the people
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The #Artemis I mission is scheduled to conclude at 12:40pm ET (17:40 UTC) on Dec. 11 when Orion splashes down in the Pacific Ocean. https://t.co/WiT8MHsdIO
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NASA describes the return as “her first priority” for the mission, because its engineers want to see if the spacecraft can withstand the temperatures of re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere to make it safe for humans.
The capsule will return to Earth through a technique known as skip entry, which has never been tried on a passenger craft.
NASA’s Artemis I mission returns to Earth after a 129km flight. above the surface of the Moon from where Orion managed to capture photos of unique beauty reminiscent of science fiction due to their clarity.
Artemis I represents NASA’s last attempt to return humans to the Moon. NASA plans to send human crews on future Artemis missions. The next mission (Artemis II) is expected to take place until 2023, while the Artemis III mission to land on the moon is planned for 2025. The durability of the Orion capsule may decide a lot.
— Lockheed Martin Space (@LMSpace) December 6, 2022
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