Earth shines above the shadowed moon like a blue beacon in newly released video from NASA’s Artemis 1 mission.
uninhabited Orion The spacecraft captured the footage on Monday (November 21), the same day it performed its a.p.a Crucial engine burn while flying over the moon. Five days ago, Orion was launched into space Artemis 1NASA’s first flight Artemis program.
The video is shown for two minutes a land Slowly appear behind the moon While the mighty fly above our heads. The Moon is completely invisible in the shadows, which makes our planet appear to have emerged from a black void.
The video was captured at 8:05 a.m. EST (1305 GMT) Monday, about six minutes after Orion regained contact with NASA’s network of space antennas after its lunar maneuver, agency officials said in a description with the space agency. Video on YouTube (Opens in a new tab).
The video clip was sent to Earth beyond range Epic live broadcast that occurred around that time, which focused on viewing our planet as a “Pale blue dotIn the depths of space in the minutes following Orion’s restoration of communication with Earth.
“You see Earth; you see home. You see yourself in that picture right there because Orion is 232,000 miles away.” [373,000 kilometers] “Far from planet Earth,” said NASA spokeswoman Sandra Jones during a live coverage of Orion’s flyby of the moon on NASA TV.
Viewers live on Monday also watched Earth set behind the moon in the moments before Orion lost contact, as expected, to perform its engine maneuver on the far side of the moon, which radio waves from our planet can’t reach.
The Artemis 1 mission tests the readiness of the massive Orion rocket and NASA’s Space Launch System for future missions of the Artemis program, which will continue with Artemis 2 A manned mission around the moon as early as 2024.
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