Orion returned to the planet after 25 days of his mission to the Moon . The return of humans to the satellite will depend on its results.
The Orion capsule successfully returned to the planet after 25 days in the so-called Artemis 1 mission towards the orbit of the Moon .
At 12:40 p.m. Peru, the ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after correctly opening its parachutes. Space agencies NASA and ESA hailed the success of the program.
Thus returned Orion
The transmission of the agencies began at 11 o’clock in the morning, with Orion still 24 thousand kilometers away from Earth.
From there, the ship sent beautiful postcards of the planet
This is a live view of the Earth from a distance of 15,000 miles away.
The @NASA_Orion spacecraft is mere hours away from arriving home. #Artemis pic.twitter.com/jyq7Hnv0Zp
— NASA (@NASA) December 11, 2022
At a speed of more than 20 thousand kilometers per hour, Orion would also try a new way of re-entry to the planet: it would enter the atmosphere to take a “jump” and then re-enter with greater precision.
He did so successfully and landed after activating his parachutes off the coast of Baja California.
Orion has splashed down off the coast of Baja, California. Our spacecraft is home.
— Orion Spacecraft (@NASA_Orion) December 11, 2022
A return that will solve doubts
The success of this mission is key because it will determine what needs to be improved for Artemis II , the second flight of the capsule, but now with humans.
Said flight is expected to take place in 2023, but due to months-long delays with the first Artemisa I flight , it may not take place until 2024.