NASA shares stunning never-before-seen photo of Earth and Moon
NASA was at it again. The U.S. space agency shared a photo taken by the Orion spacecraft, which this week reached the farthest point of its journey, more than 430,000 kilometers away from Earth.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft, designed to transport human beings into space and return them to Earth, managed to capture a never-before-seen photo of the Earth and the Moon, an image that shocked everyone and is already making its way around the world.
The Orion spacecraft’s camera is attached to the solar panels aboard the service module and from there it was able to photograph the Earth and the Moon in a unique and stunning composition. “The images are insane,” noted Artemis I mission flight director Rick LaBrode.
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“It’s really hard to articulate what it feels like. It’s incredible to see this,” added the NASA scientist. The Orion spacecraft’s trip is an uncrewed test that is intended to serve as a prelude to upcoming liftoffs with people aboard that will include a new lunar landing on the Artemis III mission.
The NASA capsule mission will not be complete until the spacecraft maneuvers around the Moon, returns to Earth, survives re-entry into the atmosphere, dives into the ocean and is recovered Nov. 11 off the coast of San Diego, United States.