NASA’s Artemis I mission captured the closest images of the Moon’s surface
NASA’s Orion capsule has sent spectacular pictures of the moon. The spacecraft passed 130 km (80 miles) above the lunar surface during the Artemis 1 mission’s closest approach to Earth’s natural satellite.
The photo was taken using Orion’s optical navigation system, which captures black-and-white images of the Earth and moon at different phases and distances, NASA explained in a news release posted on Instagram.
NASA has shared four images of different areas of the moon. According to the publication, the published photos are the closest images taken of the satellite since the end of the Apollo program in 1975.
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The post also said: “Orion has also passed over the landing points from Apollo 11, 12 and 14 and is on its way to a distant retrograde orbit, a high-altitude orbit that moves Orion in the opposite direction that the Moon travels around Earth. “
It will be the first time a space capsule has flown around the moon in half a century. Artemis I is an uncrewed mission designed to test NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft before astronauts go on a future mission. If the mission is successful, Artemis I will be followed by a human journey around the moon in 2024 (Artemis II) and could lead to the first woman and first person of color landing on the moon a year later.
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