NASA has released some stunning images of Earth taken by the Orion spacecraft during the Artemis I mission on its flyby of the Moon on November 28, 2022.
Several Twitter users wondered why the two celestial bodies (Earth and Moon) appear slightly wobbly, and the space agency explained that this is due to the fact that the camera is fixed on Orion, while the Earth and Moon continue to move in their relative orbits. In fact, the download we see is reproduced at 900x speed from the real one.
On Christmas Day, NASA shared with the public the classic “Earthrise” photo taken by the Apollo 8 mission in 1968. It is typical of the phrase used by Apollo 8 crew member Bill Anders that Mankind then traveled with in order to explore the Moon, but the most important thing he discovered was the Earth itself!
The unmanned Artemis I mission began its journey on 16 November 2022 and ended with the docking of the Orion spacecraft on 11 December 2022. During the mission, Orion came within just 100 km of the Moon's surface and traveled further from any other vessel intended for use by crew.
The plan now is to have a crewed Artemis II mission to Orion in 2024, with a manned Artemis III mission expected in 2025 to land on the moon after 1972. If all goes well and proceeds according to NASA's schedule and ambitions , within the next decade the manned mission to the planet Mars will be attempted for the first time.
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