NASA’S Orion spacecraft was yesterday orbiting the Moon halfway through its milestone test flight.
Il capsula — with three mannequins instead of astronauts — fired up its engines on Friday.
In the next few days of orbit, Orion is expected to reach a record 270,000 miles from Terra.
The mission is part of Nasa’s £4billion Artemis project, which is aiming for a 2025 lunar landing, the first since the Apollo 17 flight in 1972.
La settimana scorsa, mission control in Houston briefly lost contact with Orion.
Nasa’s Jim Geffre said of the mission: “It’s about challenging ourselves to go farther, stay longer and push beyond the limits of what we’ve previously explored.”
The update comes after the Artemis 1 mission lifted off from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, sopra, mercoledì, novembre 16 at 1.04am EST.
Nasa held a number of webcasts prior to the unmanned Artemis 1 lancio, which served as the Space Launch System rocket’s first test flight with its Orion spacecraft.