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Posted on: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – 6:43 PM | Last update: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – 6:43 PM
Today, Tuesday, the US space agency, NASA, took a small step towards its goal of creating a space station to orbit the moon within the current decade, as it launched a small satellite to orbit the moon.
The satellite, which is about the size of a microwave oven, bears the name CAPSTONE (Capstone), and NASA said that the moon was launched on board an “Electron” rocket from a spaceport in New Zealand.
The satellite is scheduled to reach the moon after four months, after which it will start a “significantly extended” orbit, which must last six months, and this orbit will simulate the same orbit that the Gateway station is planned to take when it is operational.