NASA’s Artemis I returns to earth after historic moon mission
After traveling 1.4 million miles in space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft has landed on Earth, the final major milestone of the Artemis I mission.
San Francisco: After traveling 1.4 million miles in space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft has landed on Earth, the final major milestone of the Artemis I mission.
The Orion spacecraft successfully completed a assisted parachute jump in the Pacific Ocean, the space agency said in a blog post on Sunday.
Before powering down Orion and handing it over to the USS Portland’s recovery team, engineers will conduct a number of additional tests while the spacecraft is underwater.
Navy divers and other team members will approach the spacecraft on a number of inflatable boats under the direction of NASA’s director of recovery.
Divers attach a cable called a winch as Orion prepares to be towed into the well deck of the ship at water level. They will also attach up to four additional fixed lines for mounting points on the crew module.
Once the spacecraft is on board, crews will transport it to the US Naval Base in San Diego before returning it to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for inspection.
The Orion will be thoroughly inspected by technicians in Florida, who will also retrieve all recorded data and remove any payloads still on board.
“Through the Artemis missions, NASA will establish a permanent presence on the moon for scientific exploration and preparation for human missions to Mars,” the space agency said.
Earlier this month, it was reported that after a historic flight just 128 kilometers from the Moon’s surface, NASA’s Orion spacecraft is on its way back to Earth on December 11.