Check stunning images shot by NASA Orion Spacecraft during Artemis I Lunar Flyby
NASA's Orion Spacecraft is on the 8th day of its mission. Orion is 219047 miles from Earth, 53,973 miles from the Moon, cruising at 2687 miles per hour, according to Orion Spacecraft latest tweet.
During Artemis I, Orion will travel to 40,000 miles beyond the Moon in the first integrated flight test with the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.
The spacecraft is equipped with 16 cameras and during its 8 days of the mission it has captured some amazing views of the Moon and the Earth. Check them out here.
Fly me to the Moon: This image was taken on the sixth day of the Artemis I mission by a camera on NASA's Orion spacecraft. On Monday, November 21, it came within 80 miles of the lunar surface - the closest approach of the uncrewed mission.
Artemis I, Flight Day 5. Orion spacecraft takes a selfie while approaching the Moon ahead of the outbound powered flyby. During this maneuver Orion came within 81 miles of the lunar surface.
Earthset: Orion captured this shot of Earth “setting” while the spacecraft passed close to the Moon. Nearly 270,000 miles (430,000 km) away, Artemis I will soon surpass Apollo 13’s record-setting distance from Earth in a spacecraft designed to carry astronauts.
The Orion spacecraft captured this image of the Moon during its sixth day of flight, as it approached its first outbound powered flyby of the Artemis I mission and its closest lunar approach.
Spacecraft get selfies, too. While teams performed a checkout on the Orion spacecraft, a few images were captured of the outside of the vehicle (including this).
Just days from reaching the Moon, the Orion spacecraft captured this selfie while flying through space. The Artemis I mission is preparing us to bring astronauts to the Moon.
The cameras on NASA's Orion spacecraft are intended to collect important data, document the mission and share images of the Earth and the moon from different perspectives.