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Just five days after launching atop NASA’s SLS rocket, Artemis I reached the Moon — and completed a crucial part of its mission.
At its closest point, it was just 81 miles above the lunar surface.
The maneuver included Orion’s outbound powered flyby burn, which propelled the spacecraft around the far side of the Moon.
Here are 8 fascinating views from Orion’s approach:
From Orion’s view in deep space, the Earth could be seen in the background (bottom right) as the capsule extended one of its solar panels on Nov. 16.
5. On the morning of Nov. 21, Orion was just 2,600 miles from the Moon’s surface.
2. Orion passed behind the Moon, which severed its connection to Earth for a few minutes. This animation shows the orbiter’s position just a few hundred miles from the lunar surface.
1. Once it regained signal, Orion sent back this view of Earth. From 229,000 miles away, our home planet is a mere speck.