(Opens in a new tab)A small, distant Earth begins to slide behind the Moon in a strange new image captured by the Orion spacecraft, which was recently launched into space as part of NASA. Artemis I am important. The image, titled “Earth Set,” is a reflection of the famous “Earthrise” shot. Captured by NASA’s Apollo 8 mission (Opens in a new tab) More than 50 years ago.
The massive Artemis I moon rocket was Finally in space In the early hours of November 16 thereafter Over a month of failed launches. Once in space, the rocket launched the uninhabited Orion capsule, which continued towards Earth’s natural satellite.
The new image was taken on November 21, shortly after the Orion capsule catapulted 81 miles (130 kilometers) from the lunar surface as it moved to put itself into lunar orbit. The image was published shortly thereafter by NASA Twitter (Opens in a new tab) page.
The Orion spacecraft will travel away from the Moon until it enters a retrograde orbit — a distant orbit in which a small body orbits a small body (i.e. the Moon) while also being held in place by the gravity of a larger body (i.e. the Earth) — at a distance of about 57,200 miles (92,000 km) from Moon on November 28th. Once in orbit, the unmanned capsule will break the record set by Apollo 13 for the furthest distance from Earth by a spacecraft designed to carry human passengers – about 270,000 miles (430,000 km) from our planet.
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The name “Earth Cluster” is a reference to the famous “Earthrise” image, in which a partially lit Earth dangles in space for a brief period after rising above the lunar horizon. “Earthrise” was captured by NASA astronaut William Anders on December 24, 1968 during the Apollo 8 mission, which was the first manned flight to orbit the Moon.
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Since then, the Orion spacecraft has captured its own video of an Earthrise, taken on November 22, which shows Our planet appears to be coming out of nowhere It slides from behind the shadowed moon.
Once the Orion spacecraft enters its distant retrograde orbit, it will orbit the Moon for about 10 days before finally returning to Earth, where it is scheduled to touch down again on December 11 after traveling more than 1.3 million miles (2.1 km). million kilometers).
The next Artemis mission, Artemis II, scheduled for launch in 2024, will repeat the same flight path as Artemis I with astronauts inside the Orion spacecraft. The next mission, Artemis III, scheduled for launch in 2025, will attempt to land astronauts on the Moon for the first time since 1972.