The Orion capsule, launched by the US Aerospace Agency on November 16 as part of its return to the Moon project, managed to break the “farthest distance” record.
The US Aerospace Agency (NASA) plans to send astronauts to the Moon and then to Mars by 2025 as part of the Artemis mission.
NASA has successfully launched its giant SLS rocket into space after weeks of technical setbacks and bad weather. The Orion spacecraft on the SLS rocket was on its way to lunar orbit.
The Orion capsule is scheduled to orbit the Moon for about a week and then make its way back to Earth, landing in the Pacific Ocean on December 11.
Orion breaks distance record
In the statement made by NASA, it was reported that the capsule traveled approximately 430,000 kilometers on November 26.
In the statement, it was announced that this was the “record for the longest distance a spacecraft designed to transport people could travel”.
Artemis mission manager Mike Sarafin noted that this record, which was broken only two weeks after launch, will shed light on the steps to be taken for the next missions.
It is noted that NASA astronauts will be able to make a test tour around the Moon in 2024 with the Orion capsule, which currently does not have a lunar lander, and it is planned to land on the Moon with SpaceX’s Starship in 2025.
of the SLS-Orion spacecraft; It is said to have cost NASA at least $37 billion so far, including its design, construction, testing, and ground facilities.