Artemis Orion sets space distance record

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The Orion spacecraft has set a new distance record.

The test flight, which was part of the Artemis I Moon mission, saw the capsule travel 435,000 km beyond the Earth – the furthest any spacecraft designed to carry humans has ever been.

The ship didn’t have a crew this time, but if all goes to plan, astronauts will be inside the capsule for another Artemis Moon mission in two years’ time.

The previous record for the most distant point reached by a human-rated spacecraft was set by the Apollo-13 mission in April 1970. It went out to 400,100 km from Earth as its crew fought to navigate their way safely back home following an explosion in their capsule’s service module.

The first crewed Artemis mission is scheduled for late 2024.

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