Washington. The NASA moon mission “Artemis 1” is on its way home: The unmanned “Orion” capsule fired its engines on Thursday and swung out of its orbit around the moon, as the US space agency Nasa announced. On Monday, the capsule is scheduled to fly close to the moon again during its test flight before it is expected to return to Earth on December 11th.
The capsule swung into the orbit around 80,000 kilometers from the moon about a week ago and then she was once half flown. Because of the great distance, it took her about six days.
Artemis 1 space capsule sets distance record from Earth
Record for the NASA mission “Artemis 1”. Never before has a spaceship designed to carry people into space been so far from Earth.
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“Artemis” should soon bring people to the moon again
“Orion” flew around the moon in a direction opposite to that in which the moon orbits the earth. According to Nasa, this orbit had the advantage that it was very stable and “Orion” consumed comparatively little fuel on it.
After months of postponements, the “Artemis 1” mission set off for a first test launch on November 16 (local time). The “Orion” capsule was launched from the Cape Canaveral cosmodrome in the US state of Florida with the “Space Launch System” rocket.
With the “Artemis” program, named after the Greek goddess of the moon, US astronauts are to land on the moon again in the coming years, including for the first time a woman and a non-white person.