Spacecraft of the National Administration forAeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States has successfully circumnavigated the Moon, passing a major milestone in the multi-day Artemis 1 mission, which paves the way for a future landing of astronauts on the surface of the Earth satellite. During the recent maneuver of the ship, several impressive pictures were taken, which captured the Moon and the Earth.
NASA noted that the flight of the Orion spacecraft is taking placein normal mode and serious problems in the implementation of the Artemis 1 mission have not yet arisen. The published images were taken during the adjustment of the Orion's flight path, when the main engine of the ship turned on for 2.5 minutes. At this time, the spacecraft was in the region of the far side of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, so there was no communication with the ground control center for 34 minutes.
Orion's next maneuver is scheduled for November 25th.as a result of which the ship will enter a deep orbit around the moon. A NASA spokesman promised to publish more photos in the future as soon as new images come from the spacecraft and their publication is approved by the leadership of the department. Curiously, on December 5, Orion will once again approach the Moon during the maneuver that will be performed to return to Earth. It is expected that during this period the ship will fly over the area where astronauts landed in the last century as part of the Apollo program.
The Artemis 1 mission is designed to testreliability of Orion spacecraft systems. If it is considered successful, then as part of the Artemis 2 mission, a crew of astronauts will go flying around the moon in 2024. If this mission is successful, NASA plans to land a crew of astronauts on the lunar surface in 2025 during the Artemis 3 mission. This will be the first such landing since the last Apollo mission in 1972.
Although the current flight of the Orion spacecraft takes place inautomatic mode, there are three mannequins inside the ship, to which various sensors are connected, designed to record temperature, the level of exposure to radiation and other factors. The ship is also equipped with the Callisto voice assistant, developed by Amazon in collaboration with Lockheed Martin and Cisco. In future manned missions, the voice assistant will become one of the tools for interaction between the crew and the ground control center.
The current Artemis 1 mission will run until December 11th. At the final stage, Orion should enter the Earth's atmosphere and splash down off the coast of the United States in the Pacific Ocean.
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