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NASA releases images of the moon from the Orion space probe

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has published a photo of the Orion spacecraft’s journey to lunar orbit.

Ukrinform reports this space.com.

The spacecraft launched at 1:47 a.m. local time on November 16 from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral. Shortly afterward, it reached Earth’s orbit, and 87 minutes after launch, Orion maneuvered to enter the Moon’s trajectory.

On Monday, November 21, Orion came as close as possible to the moon — at a distance of 80 miles — only to accelerate through gravitational maneuvers on its way back to Earth. Such a fairly close approach was due to the fact that the spacecraft and its three test dummies were on the far side of the moon.

NASA’s spacecraft will spend about a week in lunar orbit before heading home, with a landing in the Pacific Ocean scheduled for Dec. 11.

Read also: NASA spacecraft reaches the moon for the first time in 50 years

The mission is designed as a flight test of the Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft and related ground control systems ahead of the Artemis 2 and 3 missions scheduled for 2024 and 2025, respectively.

The ultimate goal of the mission is to return a man to the moon.

Photo: Orion Spacecraft/NASA

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org