The Artemis 1 mission’s Orion capsule has successfully completed a fly-by of the Moon and is now on its way back to earth.
While completing the moon fly-by it sent some incredible pictures back – showing the surface of the Moon in detail. One of the images was also a ‘selfie’ with the Moon in the background.
During the fly-past, Orion lost contact with the base. Engineers at NASA are working out why the disconnection happened – but they say Orion was not impacted and the spacecraft continued to work well.
The capsule will make its way back to Earth soon and will land in the Atlantic on 11th December.
First, it has to complete what’s called a ‘distant retrograde orbit’ – which should start today.
This means it’s an orbit done at a distance – around 80,000 km away from the surface of the Moon.
It should be done in six days, before exiting orbit and heading back to Earth.