Planet Earth from Orion
Space Launch System rocket left planet Earth
on Wednesday, November 16 at 1:47am EST carrying the Orion spacecraft on the
Artemis 1 mission, the first integrated test of NASAÁs deep space
Over an hour after
Kennedy Space Center's
Launch Complex 39B,
one of Orion's
captured this view of its new perspective
In the foreground are Orion's Orbital Maneuvering System engine
and auxillary engines,
at the bottom of the European Service Module.
Beyond one of the module's 7-meter long extended solar array wings
lies the spacecraft's
beautiful home world.
The Artemis 1 mission
will last almost four weeks,
testing capabilities to enable human exploration of the Moon and Mars.
The uncrewed Orion spacecraft is
expected to fly by the
on November 21, performing a close approach to the
lunar surface on its way to a
retrograde orbit 70,000 kilometers beyond the Moon.áá
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