NASA’s Artemis 1 mission will arrive near the moon on Monday morning (November 21), and you can watch the epic action live.
Orion will finally arrive the moon gliding just about 80 miles (130 kilometers) across the lunar surface at 7:44 a.m. EST (1244 GMT) Monday morning if all goes according to plan. During this close approach, the capsule will fire its main engine in a “powered flyby” that will put it on course to enter lunar orbit four days later.
Artemis 1 team members will explain and discuss the crucial maneuver during a webcast beginning at 7:15 a.m. EST (1215 GMT) on Monday. Watch it live here on Space.com, courtesy of NASA, or directly through the space agency (opens in new tab).
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live updates: NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission
Artemis 1 is NASA’s first mission Artemis program lunar exploration, which aims, among other things, to set up a manned research base on the moon by the end of the 2020s. The launch of Artemis 1 also marked the debut of the SLS, the most powerful rocket ever successfully launched.
Monday’s fire will be another crucial maneuver on 11/25: a thruster destined to place Orion in distant retrograde orbit (DRO) around the moon. The capsule will remain in DRO — a stable path that will take it as far as 40,000 miles (64,000 km) from the lunar surface — until 1/14, when another engine burn sends the capsule back to Earth.
Orion is coming on December 12th. 11, hit earth atmosphere at tremendous speed before finally landing gently in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.
If all goes well with Artemis 1, NASA can begin preparations Artemis 2which will send astronauts around the moon in 2024 or so.
The agency plans to start in 2025 Artemis 3, which will drop its boots near the lunar south pole, the location of the planned research base. Artemis 3 will be the first manned moon landing since the finale Apollo Mission in 1972 and the very first to put a woman and a person of color on the moon.
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