NASA successfully launched its newest rocket into space in the previous week. Last Friday, the Orion spacecraft successfully entered the Moon’s orbit. This success marked the beginning of the mission to bring humans back to the moon.
The flight controller will monitor the main systems while the spacecraft is in lunar orbit. In addition, the flight controller also checks when in the space environment.
NASA said Orion would complete half an orbit in one week. After that, the plane will finally return home to Earth.
Orion’s landing is expected in the Pacific Ocean on December 11, 2022. Orion will make more than 25 days of flights before it finally lands.
The Orion spacecraft will carry astronauts to the Moon in the future. It will be the first time humans have been on the Moon since the Apollo mission in 1972.
The Artemis 2 mission is planned to take astronauts to the Moon, but without going down to the surface. New astronauts will descend to the Moon on mission Artemis 3.
The two new missions are planned to be carried out respectively in 2024 and 2025.
It is known, Orion took off from Florida to the Moon in the previous week. NASA said flight controllers managed to set fire to put the plane into a far reverse orbit, quoted from Science Alert, Monday (28/11/2022).
The current flight test is carried out unmanned. The goal is to make sure the vehicle is safe.
“The orbit is far so Orion will fly about 40 thousand miles above the Moon,” said NASA.