The Orion spacecraft of NASA’s Artemis I mission “grazed” the Moon, where “people will live this decade”

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, part of the Artemis I mission, passed 130 kilometers from the lunar surface this Monday, November 21, a milestone that they classified as a “touch” of the capsule with our natural satellite.

According to the report published on the website of infobaeat the time of the lunar flyby, Orion was more than 370,000 kilometers from Earth.

This flyby it was the closest the capsule will get to the Moon before going into a “retrograde orbit”which means that it will go around the Moon in the opposite direction that the Moon is traveling around our planet.

After the flyby, the spacecraft will travel some 64,400 kilometers beyond the other side of the satellite, the farthest for a spacecraft and that intends to transport humans in the future.

“In this decade there will be people living there”

Howard Hu, supervisor of the Orion programme, assured the BBC in an interview that as early as this decade, “Will there be people living on the moon?”.

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They will have habitats and rovers on the groundWe are also working on that at NASA. We’re going to send people to the surface and they’re going to live on that surface and do science.”.

Hu concludes: “These are the stepping stones that will hopefully enable this future capability… and give those opportunities and choices to our children and their grandchildren and their children.”.

Artemis I took off last Wednesday, November 16. This mission aims to prepare the way for the new lunar exploration for astronauts to return to the Moon. In May 2024, the Artemis II mission will fly close to the satellite without landing, while Artemis III, to take place “not before 2025”, will be the final landing.

The last NASA mission in which its astronauts set foot on the Moon dates back to Apollo 17, which took place between December 7 and 19, 1972.

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