NASA’s Orion Sends Back Amazing Picture of the Moon and Earth


The Artemis I mission just beamed back another historic first and a photo to prove it.

Picture of the lunar surface with jagged craters
Picture of the lunar surface with jagged craters. Photo by NASA

Featuring the Moon and the Earth in the picture, the Orion spacecraft took the picture when it reached the maximum mission distance of 268,563 miles away from Earth, the furthest any craft intended to carry humans to space and back has ever traveled according to NASA.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. You can view the picture on NASA’s website at this link.

There’s also a live stream of the mission you might want to check out and a mission tracker you can follow.

The Artemis I is part of NASA’s bold plan to bring humans back to the lunar surface. The Artemis missions will feature lunar landings of the first female astronaut as well as the first person of color with the end goal of the missions being the eventual establishment of a base on the Moon. From there, NASA hopes to continue pushing into the frontiers of space exploration with a mission to Mars in the future using the data and knowledge gained during the Artemis missions.

The next mission, Artemis II, will feature astronauts in a flyby of the Moon’s surface and then a return to Earth. This will be followed up with Artemis III, the first mission to feature astronauts landing on the surface of the Moon. A NASA blog post reports that “3 candidate landing regions have been identified for future Artemis missions” in the Moon’s South Pole region.

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