Lunar orbiting unmanned spacecraft Orion returns flight up… Arrive 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 put into the Artemis I mission, an American lunar return project, has begun its return flight to Earth.

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

Orion passed the lunar landing sites of Apollo 12 and 14 in turn in the past, and flew close to the sky within 130 km of the lunar surface.

Then, as it returned to the lunar surface, it used the moon’s gravity like a slingshot to speed toward Earth.

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

The Associated Press quoted NASA officials and evaluated that Orion’s flight so far has been smooth enough to exceed expectations.

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

According to NASA, Orion will enter the atmosphere at more than 30 times the speed of sound, open 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 mankind to the moon.

NASA simulated real astronauts in this mission, made mannequins with materials similar to the human body, loaded them into Orion, and checked the safety and abnormality of the spacecraft and equipment for the scheduled manned flight.

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

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

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

/yunhap news

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