Orion spacecraft zipped by the Moon this morning just 81 miles above the lunar surface

Orion spacecraft zipped by the Moon this morning just 81 miles above the lunar surface


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Five days after it launched, NASA’s Orion spacecraft successfully executed a very close flyby of the Moon this morning, just 81 miles above the lunar surface. The first mission in the Artemis program—which in 2025 (at the soonest) will return humans to the Moon for the first time since 1972—Orion will “travel approximately 40,000 miles beyond the Moon and return to Earth over the course of 25.5 days,” NASA explains.

From NASA:

Orion successfully conducted an outbound powered flyby burn at 7:44 a.m. to accelerate the spacecraft, harness the force from the Moon’s gravity, and direct Orion toward a distant retrograde orbit beyond the Moon.

Full NASA TV broadcast below.

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November 21, 2022 at 12:18PM

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