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Monday, December 05, 2022

NASA: On the 19th day of the Artemis I mission, Dec. 4, 2022, a camera mounted on the Orion spacecraft captured the Moon just in frame as Orion prepared for its return powered flyby on Dec. 5, when it passed approximately 79 miles above the lunar surface.
Orion performed the return powered flyby burn at 11:43 a.m. EST, changing the velocity of the spacecraft by approximately 655 mph (961 feet per second). The return powered flyby is the last large maneuver of the mission, with only smaller trajectory corrections to target Earth remaining.

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This is significant.

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...A trouble-free return at the weekend will see astronauts climb aboard Orion for its next mission in late 2024.

Nasa is planning a series of ever more complex outings for the capsule and its launch rocket - as part of its Artemis programme.

This first flight, Artemis-1, has been all about testing systems in the absence of astronauts. They will get their opportunity on the next mission, Artemis-2.

Artemis-3 is most eagerly anticipated - an attempt to land people back on the lunar surface for the first time in more than 50 years. It could take place in late 2025 or in 2026....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-12-05 05:59 PM | Reply

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NASA's Orion capsule heads for home on final leg of Artemis 1 moon mission
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...Passing within a scant 81 miles of the moon, NASA's unpiloted Orion capsule fired its main engine Monday in a gravity-assist lunar flyby that put the ship on course for a return to Earth Sunday to close out the Artemis 1 test flight.

The 3-minute 27-second burn, starting at 11:43:23 a.m. EST, took place on the far side of the moon while the spacecraft was out of contact with flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

But the orbital maneuvering system engine worked flawlessly, firing on time with 6,000 pounds of thrust to change the capsule's velocity by 655 mph. The burn set up a precisely-targeted re-entry and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean west of San Diego at 12:40 p.m. EST Sunday.

Plunging back into the discernible atmosphere at some 25,000 mph, the Orion's heat shield will have to withstand temperatures as high as 5,000 degrees as it dives in, skips back out slightly and then re-enters for good, slowing to just 117 mph by the time its main parachutes deploy two-and-a-half minutes before splashdown.

With a joint NASA-Navy recovery team standing by, the Orion will hit the water at a relatively sedate 20 mph to close out a 25-day voyage spanning 1.4 million miles since launch November 16 from the Kennedy Space Center atop NASA's first Space Launch System super heavy-lift rocket....


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-12-05 06:00 PM | Reply

I am old enough to remember when a NASA space mission preempted all network television programs from lift-off to landing.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-12-05 06:02 PM | Reply

Lamp, the moment they name a human who is going to be put in a rocket as part of preparation to send more men to the moon the circus will begin.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2022-12-05 06:05 PM | Reply

I am old enough to remember when a NASA space mission preempted all network television programs...

With the experts showing how it was done on a chalkboard.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-12-05 06:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

...send more men to the moon the circus will begin.

The first canuck to go beyond low earth orbit... we'll probably get coin sets.

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-12-05 06:10 PM | Reply

It seems as if Nasa is laying the groundwork for possibly building a station or a small colony on the moon. Small steps...

#7 | Posted by moder8 at 2022-12-06 01:42 PM | Reply

Re#3

Because it was the first time men have stepped onto another heavenly body.

Now it's pretty ho him.

And I don't see why we even need to send men at least yet. The ship seems to be able to do fine without any humans being onboard. For us to have a colony there we are gonna need to send a lot of supplies first. Sounds like a perfect job for robots and rovers. Much better than using them to kill mentally deranged humans anyway.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-12-06 08:07 PM | Reply

The first canuck to go beyond low earth orbit... we'll probably get coin sets.
#6 | POSTED BY REDIAL

Two ducks in two weeks, you're on a roll Canada!

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-12-06 08:10 PM | Reply

For us to have a colony there we are gonna need to send a lot of supplies first.

A small nuclear power plant would be a good, albeit controversial start.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-12-06 08:18 PM | Reply

I hope they film the face of the first Muslim to set foot on the Moon.

I'm betting he falls to his knees and starts to weep with joy.

If we're extra lucky a Christian astronaut and a Jewish astronaut will help him get back on his feet.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2022-12-06 09:28 PM | Reply

"I'm betting he falls to his knees and starts to weep with joy."

Gonna be tough to face Mecca from there.

Better take an app for that.

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-12-07 11:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

That's the beauty of the 21st century, intelligent Muslims while they can wave some rituals when they become overly burdonsome also have access to GPS tech and while he would be on the moon I have no doubt the people who gave us Algebra would be delighted to give him exact instructions on which direction to pray.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2022-12-07 02:29 PM | Reply

I have no doubt the people who gave us Algebra would be delighted to give him exact instructions on which direction to pray.

I'm pretty sure from the moon "Earth" would be close enough to face Mecca. :-)

#14 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-12-07 02:32 PM | Reply

I can only imagine the joy felt by any Muslim in STEM asked to calculate the direction a Muslim astronaut needs to face when he prays.

They might very well do the arithmetic longhand.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2022-12-07 10:08 PM | Reply

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