NASA’s Orion Sends Back Stunning Images of the Moon and Earth

The Artemis I Mission just resurfaced another historical first and a photo to prove it.

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

Featuring the Moon and Earth in the images, the Orion spacecraft took the images when it reached a maximum mission distance of 268,563 miles from Earth, the longest any craft intended to carry humans into space and back has ever been.

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

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

Artemis I was part of NASA’s audacious plan to bring humans back to the lunar surface. The Artemis mission will feature the moon landing of the first female astronaut as well as the first person of color with the ultimate goal of the mission being the establishment of a Moon base. From there, NASA hopes to continue to push to the forefront of space exploration with future missions to Mars using the data and knowledge gained during the Artemis mission.

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

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