Category: Orion

NASA’s Uncrewed Orion Reaches Farthest Distance from Earth it Will Travel During Artemis I Mission

NASA’s uncrewed Orion spacecraft reached the farthest distance from Earth it will travel during the Artemis I mission — 268,563 miles from our home planet — just after 3 p.m. CST. The spacecraft also captured imagery of Earth and the Moon together throughout the day, including of the Moon appearing to eclipse Earth. […]

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NASA Artemis I Flight Day 12: Orion Star Trackers, Reaction Control Thrusters Tested

On the 12th day of the Artemis I mission, team members conducted another planned test of the star trackers aboard Orion as it continued along a distant retrograde orbit of the Moon, and began another reaction control thruster flight test. […]

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NASA Performs Burn to Insert Orion into a Distant Retrograde Lunar Orbit

Flight Controllers in the White Flight Control Room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston successfully performed a burn to insert Orion into a distant retrograde orbit by firing the orbital maneuvering system engine for 1 minute and 28 seconds at 4:52 p.m. CST, propelling the spacecraft at 363 feet per second. […]

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WATCH: NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Performs Close Approach Within 81 Miles of Lunar Surface

WATCH as NASA’s Orion spacecraft performs a close approach of the lunar surface on its way to a distant retrograde orbit, a highly stable orbit thousands of miles beyond the Moon. During the Artemis I flight test, launched on Nov. 16, Orion will travel 280,000 miles from Earth and 40,000 miles beyond the far side of the Moon, carrying science and technology payloads to expand our understanding of lunar science, technology developments and deep-space radiation. […]

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WATCH LIVE: Orion Will Pass Just 80 Miles Above the Moon Surface This Morning at 7:44 a.m. ET.

WATCH: Orion will fly by the Moon just 80 miles above the lunar surface at 7:44 a.m. EST. During that close approach, the capsule will fire its main engine in a “powered flyby burn,” which will set it on course to enter lunar orbit on Friday. […]

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NASA Releases Orion’s First Images of Earth as Spacecraft Enters Lunar Sphere of Influence

The NASA Artemis 1 mission is off to a good start as the Orion spacecraft sends remarkable images back to Earth as it heads towards the Moon. Orion’s entry into the lunar sphere of influence will make the Moon, instead of Earth, the main gravitational force acting on the spacecraft. […]

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Meet the Teams of Experts Supporting SLS Launch and Orion’s First Trip Around the Moon

The first flight of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft will not have a crew of astronauts on board, but there are several experienced teams of people behind the mission to ensure the success of the first SLS launch and Orion’s first trip around the Moon. […]

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