US space agency NASA Of Artemis-1 Project The Orion capsule launched under reached the Moon on Monday. Due to a half-hour communications blackout, flight controllers in Houston did not know whether the critical engine firings had occurred until the capsule appeared from behind the Moon.
It is the first time a capsule has reached the Moon since NASA's Apollo program 50 years ago, and the $4.1 billion test flight that began last Wednesday is significant. Orion's flight path also includes the landing sites of Apollo 11, 12 and 14, the first three lunar sites reached by humans.
The capsule took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 16 with NASA's most powerful rocket ever. As soon as the capsule came out from behind the moon, the cameras in it sent a picture of the earth. If all goes well, another engine firing will be done on Friday to put it in an inclined orbit.
The capsule will spend about a week in the Moon's orbit before returning to Earth. It has been planned to drop it in the Pacific Ocean on 11 December. There is no lander in the capsule and it will not touch the moon. If this mission is successful, NASA will execute the mission of sending astronauts around the moon in 2024. After this, NASA will try to land a vehicle near the south pole of the Moon in 2025.
Moon mission named Artemis
NASA has named its Moon mission Artemis for a special reason. In fact, in Greek folklore, Artemis was called the twin sister of Apollo. Apollo 17 mission is going to complete 50 years in December. This was the last time man set foot on the moon. In 1972, when astronaut Gene Cernan stepped on the moon under the Apollo mission, it seemed that it would not take much time to return to the moon again, but it had to wait 50 years. In these years, many challenges came to the fore and challenges were also dealt with. Many challenges have been resolved and some are yet to be answered. Now NASA is working fast in this direction. This is the reason why the space agency NASA is preparing to launch many difficult missions in the next 10 years.
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