The fourth is charm. After a long list of cancellations and problems, the Artemis 1 mission was a complete success. Thus, on November 16 at 7:45 am (Spain time), NASA launched its SLS rocket, which will carry the Orion spacecraft to the Moon. Now that he is on his way, Orion has taken a look at his home planet, Earth, grab her for our pleasure before we say goodbye.
Let’s remember that the Orion capsule from Artemis 1 is equipped with 16 different cameras. With them, you will not only take beautiful photographs of the Earth and the Moon. With these tools, the ship will be responsible for collecting information on the way to the natural satellite.and also during your return journey.
This morning NASA launched its SLS rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. About an hour later, the Orion spacecraft successfully separated from the top of the rocket, beginning its solo journey to the Moon. Behind it, started the translunar injection maneuverwhich definitely catapulted her onto the right track, and at 36,370 kilometers per hour.
Other details of the Artemis 1 mission and Orion’s arrival on the Moon
The Orion spacecraft must travel 25 days, 11 hours and 36 minutes to reach its final destination: the Moon. During this time, will cover 2.1 million kilometers to reach the surface of the satellite, although not landing on it. From here he will begin his tasks of flying around the moon.
But Orion it will not be limited to rotation around a celestial body. In addition, he has a job delivering science to the satellite. Thus, he will search for water on the moon; it will launch a mini-satellite heading for an asteroid and test the human body’s response to a long stay in space.
Orion is expected to return to Earth on December 11th.landing off the coast of San Diego, California, in the Pacific Ocean.
Let’s remember that Orion is an unmanned spacecraft.. Artemis 1, as the name suggests, marks the first step in a series of missions aimed at sending humanity back to the moon. In addition, NASA already has plans for 3D printed lunar stations where astronauts can live comfortably while others fly around the moon in a future version of the Orion spacecraft, much like the International Space Station.
Source: Hiper Textual