Artemis 1 shows the stunning “rise” of the Earth! The Orion spacecraft is already heading towards the moon alone
The Artemis 1 mission has launched. At 7:47 am Polish time, the Space Launch System (SLS) super-heavy carrier rocket took off from Launch Complex 39B located at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, launching the Orion ship into orbit – the latter, after detaching the side rockets, the Main Stage and the ICPS module, is now rushing alone towards the Moon, which it will reach on Monday, November 21, flying only 100 km above the surface of the Earth’s natural satellite. Now NASA has shared some stunning shots of our planet captured by Orion from nearly 92,000 kilometers away. km.
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This is how the moment of launch looked like and the first shots showing Orion in space in the photos officially shared by NASA:
Let us remind you that as part of the Artemis program (Apollo was her brother in Greek mythology), 5 manned flights to the Moon are to take place in the years 2024-2029; 4 astronauts from the Artemis 2 mission will circle the Silver Globe, while in 2025 (even a 2- or 3-year delay cannot be excluded) during the Artemis 3 mission, two people will stand on the surface of our satellite – humanity will do it for the first time since 1972 and of the Apollo 17 mission. NASA had previously announced that the Orion ships would be crewed by 18 Americans (9 women and 9 men) and 2 Canadians.
It is worth noting that humanity is returning to the Silver Globe for good this time. In cooperation with NASA, the company SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, is preparing a moon station called Gateway, which is to act as a kind of starting point on the way to the moon and back. According to the original plans, it will be inhabited by four astronauts – each of them will spend 3 months there, and then return to Earth, while equipment and food should be delivered to the station by, among others, Ariane 6 rockets belonging to the European Space Agency. As part of the Artemis IX mission (initially scheduled for 2032 – now the end of the next decade seems more likely), a habitable module is to be delivered to the Moon, which will ultimately serve as the first human base on the surface of our natural satellite planets.
NASA, advertising the Artemis program, uses the phrase “To the Moon and Beyond”. It is not accidental – humanity’s return to the moon is only a stop on the way to the next goal: setting foot on Mars.