NASA’s Orion spacecraft orbits the moon halfway through the milestone test flight

NASA’s Orion spacecraft orbited the moon midway after its milestone test flight yesterday.

The capsule – with three mannequins instead of astronauts – started its engines on Friday.

The spacecraft orbited the moon midway through its milestone test flight yesterday

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The spacecraft orbited the moon midway through its milestone test flight yesterdayCredit: AP

Over the next few days in orbit, Orion is expected to reach a record altitude of 270,000 miles from Earth.

The mission is part of Nasa’s £4 billion Artemis project, which aims to land on the moon in 2025, the first since Apollo 17’s flight in 1972.

Mission control in Houston briefly lost contact with Orion last week.

NASA’s Jim Geffre said of the mission, “It’s about challenging ourselves to go further, stay longer, and push the boundaries of what we’ve explored so far.”

The update comes after the Artemis 1 mission lifted off from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Wednesday, November 16 at 1:04 a.m. EST.

Nasa held a series of webcasts ahead of the unmanned launch of Artemis 1, which served as the Space Launch System rocket’s first test flight with its Orion spacecraft.

Most read in The Irish Sun

https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9803968/nasa-orion-spacecraft-orbiting-moon/ NASA’s Orion spacecraft orbits the moon halfway through the milestone test flight

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