NASA: Artemis Orion Capsule Shows Photos of the Moon

Artemis 1the mission of the NASA which serves as the first step for humanity to eventually return to the Lunacontinues to develop after the launch of the ship Orion aboard the rocket Space Launch System (SLS) and, a week after this fact, it finally reached the orbit of the Moon. Being at its closest point to the satellite of the Tierrathe capsule managed to capture its first photographs of the lunar surface.

A few days ago, the spaceship Orion, which for now only carries dummies and the necessary equipment for the reconnaissance mission on board, was about 130 kilometers from the surface of the celestial body. Thanks to this, she was able to capture several high-quality images of the Luna and send them to the space agency, which didn’t take long to share them with the rest of the world.

An arduous journey pays off

It is a fact that the mission Artemis 1 It was a real headache for the NASA. Since the multiple delays suffered by the launch of the rocket SLS by various factors until loss of contact for 47 minutes with the capsule Orion For reasons that have not been clarified, the journey of the space agency with the start of its ambitious program was extremely bumpy. However, it is thanks to these types of rewards that the organization’s astronomers work so hard for.

The spaceship was already close to the moon surface and was able to capture his first images of these areas. These images were taken at a speed of 8,120 km/h and perfectly exemplify what happens with a star that has no atmosphere, like our planet. The multiple craters that are observed are the product of meteorite impacts that do not completely disintegrate in the absence of this layer.

An ambitious project for the future of space exploration

According to what the agency details, Orion is transiting through a different orbit than the missions Apollo. Specifically, the spacecraft travels a distant retrograde orbit, which will allow it to become the astronaut vehicle that will go the furthest from Earth. Tierra in all its history. This requires the use of gravity Luna as a “catapult” to increase its speed and has already been chosen to test the capsule’s engines and heat shields in conditions that cannot be replicated on our planet.

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On his return trip to the Tierra, Orion It will bring with it data obtained by the sensors of the mannequins it carries on board as well as measurements that the ship itself obtained. These will be analyzed by the engineers of the NASA with the aim of making the necessary modifications to carry out the manned mission without problems, so that, at some point, the astronauts can step on the lunar surface again.

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