The return flight of the Orion uncrewed lunar-orbiting spacecraft… Arrival on the 11th

AP “Smooth Enough to Exceed Expectations”…Promoting Manned Flight to Lunar Orbit in 2024

The Orion, an unmanned lunar spacecraft that was part of the Artemis I mission, an American lunar return project, has begun its flight back to Earth.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on the 5th (local time) that Orion, which flew close to lunar orbit, was returning to Earth.

Orion has taken turns passing the Apollo 12 and 14 lunar landing sites in the past and flown close to the sky within 130 km of the lunar surface.

Then, when it returned to the lunar surface, it used the moon’s gravity as a slingshot to accelerate towards Earth.

“Orion has now set its sights on home,” said NASA mission control commentator Sandra Jones.

The Associated Press cited NASA officials and assessed that Orion’s flight thus far has been smooth enough to exceed expectations.

Orion’s scheduled return to Earth is on the morning of the 11th.

According to NASA, Orion will enter the atmosphere at more than 30 times the speed of sound, deploy a parachute and launch into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego, California.

Orion’s flight this time is the first mission of the Artemis program aimed at returning humanity to the moon.

NASA simulated real astronauts in this mission, made mannequins from materials similar to the human body, loaded them into Orion, and tested the safety and anomaly of the spacecraft and equipment for the planned manned flight.

Based on the results of Artemis I, NASA will launch a manned flight (Artemis II) into lunar orbit in 2024.

Then, in 2025 or 2026, we will embark on the Artemis III mission to land the first black woman and astronaut on the south pole of the moon.

Through this, NASA has a grand plan to build a moon base and space station where astronauts can reside, use lunar resources, develop deep space exploration technology, and finally use it for manned exploration of Mars.

/yunhap news

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