Orion capsule photographs an “Earthlight”

This mission is a test flight that will circle the Moon without landing there and without an astronaut on board. The mission, which was to last 25 days in total, was to confirm that the vehicle is safe for a future crew.

The Orion capsule for the Artemis 1 mission is well in the direction of the Moon. NASA’s new megarocket carrying the spacecraft lifted off from Florida on Wednesday. After orbiting Earth for a few moments, a final push set it on its way to the Moon, which it will reach in a few days.

On its way, Artemis 1 photographed Earth. The images published on NASA’s social network thus show the blue planet after 9:30 a.m. of the capsule’s flight.

A 25-day mission around the Moon

When the capsule reaches the Moon, it will be placed in a distant orbit for about a week, and will venture up to 64,000 km behind the only natural satellite – a record for a habitable capsule.

Artemis 1 is a test flight that will orbit the Moon without landing there and without an astronaut on board. The mission, which was to last 25 days in total, was to confirm that the vehicle is safe for a future crew.

This flight marks the start of the Artemis program, which aims to send the first woman and the first person of color to the Moon. The goal is to establish a permanent human presence there, in preparation for a trip to Mars.

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