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NASA’s Artemis 1, more than 400,000 km from Earth, sets a new record

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NASA’s Artemis 1 Orion has set a new record for the spacecraft designed to carry humans to deep space by traveling 419,378 kilometers from Earth. The record was previously set during the Apollo 13 mission 248,655 miles from our home planet.

For the next six days, Orion will remain in lunar orbit. It will then put the spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth, followed by a Sunday, Dec. 11 plunge into the Pacific Ocean, according to a NASA press release.

NASA, as part of the build-up to the historic event, said: “Today, NASA’s Orion spacecraft will break the record for the furthest distance of a spacecraft designed to carry humans in deep space and return them safely to Earth. This record is currently held by Apollo 13.” The text was attached to a video featuring Apollo astronauts and flight directors talking about the future of ‘Artemis. Look:

NASA is expected to use innovative measurements to learn more about the Moon’s south pole. The agency will also attempt to understand the lunar surface with the help of the orbiting Gateway space station, the press note adds.

The spacecraft is equipped with a sensor named Commander Moonikin Campos. This will help provide information on what crew members may experience in flight. The Campos is named after Arturo Campos, the key player who brought Apollo 13 safely back to Earth.

Answer questions in a discussion led by Nasa On Twitter, Jim Geffre, Orion’s Spacecraft Integration Manager, said: “Artemis 1 was designed to stress Orion’s systems and we opted for deep retrograde orbit as a very good way to do it.”

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