Artemis 1 sent the Orion capsule into lunar orbit without a crew. It is expected that on the next mission it will carry its first passengers.
The @NASA_Orion spacecraft has been secured in the recovery ship well deck. The USS Portland will return to Naval Base San Diego, where Orion will be readied for ground transport back to @NASAKennedy. More here: https://t.co/zxig5oaPzc pic.twitter.com/398bErUoFI
— NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (@NASAGroundSys) December 11, 2022
We’re back after a 1.4 million mile journey around the Moon. pic.twitter.com/f3e5Ov1M2E
— Orion Spacecraft (@NASA_Orion) December 11, 2022
I applaud the @NASA team for their work on completing a successful Artemis I mission. We’re one step closer to returning astronauts to the moon. pic.twitter.com/mv8tAk1cra
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) December 11, 2022
A particular re-entry
The Orion capsule will make a re-entry to the unique planet: it will “bounce” in the atmosphere.
This entry technique seeks to have the ship enter the upper part of the atmosphere, “jump” back out of the planet, and then re-enter our planet.
This process tries to reduce the G forces, in addition to seeking to have greater precision of the landing site. It will also be safer for astronauts.