Watch NASA’s Orion Capsule Pass 80 Miles From The Moon Starting At 7:15 AM

So far, the mission has mostly gone as planned. Two "active anomaly resolution teams" are looking into problems with the star tracker system's random access memory and a faulty power conditioning and distribution unit.

Watch NASA's Orion Capsule Pass 80 Miles From The Moon Starting At 7:15 AM-RAVZGADGET
Watch NASA's Orion Capsule Pass 80 Miles From The Moon Starting At 7:15 AM

The Orion capsule on NASA’s Artemis I mission will make a “outbound powered flyby” of the Moon today, getting as close to the surface as 80 miles.

The burn is the first of two maneuvers required to enter the Moon’s “distant retrograde orbit” (DRO).

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During the flyby, cameras inside and outside the spacecraft will capture images of the Moon, Earth, and Orion. “It’s going to be spectacular,” said Rick LaBrode, lead flight director.

According to LaBrode, the flyby is “the big burn that will actually move Orion and send it toward the planned distant retrograde orbit,” which allows it to burn less fuel.

“DRO allows Orion to spend more time in deep space for a rigorous mission to ensure spacecraft systems like guidance, navigation, communication, power, thermal control, and others are ready to keep astronauts safe on future crewed missions,” said Mike Sarafin, Artemis mission manager.

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) service module ICPS engine will operate for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Engineers will lose contact for approximately 34 minutes beginning at 7:26 AM as Orion passes behind the Moon.

According to the space agency, it will spend 6 to 19 days in DRO collecting data and allowing mission controllers to assess spacecraft performance.

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So far, the mission has mostly gone as planned. Two “active anomaly resolution teams” are looking into problems with the star tracker system’s random access memory and a faulty power conditioning and distribution unit.

“Both systems are currently operating as expected, and there are no mission impacts associated with these efforts,” NASA stated.

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