The Orion spacecraft surpasses the record held by Apollo 13 for more than 50 years

With the Artemis mission, humans will return to the lunar surface

Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images

The ship Orionwhich is part of the Artemis I mission, continues to fly close to the Moon and today managed to break a record that remained intact for more than 52 years.

On day 11 of the Artemis I mission, November 26, Orion continues his journey past the Moon after entering a distant retrograde orbit yesterday.

According to information from NASA, it was during this eleventh day of the mission that Orion broke the distance record for a mission with a spacecraft designed to transport human beings into deep space and back to Earth, at 7:42 a.m. on Saturday, November 26.

The record was set during the mission apollo 13 248,655 miles from our planet. At its furthest from the Moon, Orion will be more than 270,000 miles from Earth on Monday, November 28.

NASA points out that Artemis is based on the experience of Apollo. With Artemis, the humans will return to the lunar surface, and this time to stay. NASA will use innovative technologies to explore the Moon’s south pole and more of the lunar surface than ever before, using the lunar-orbiting Gateway space station along with spacesuits and advanced rovers.

Orion has a very special crew member

On board Orion, on the Artemis I mission, an adapted dummy travels named after a key person in the return to Earth of Apollo 13: Arthur Fields.

fields was an electrical engineer who developed a plan to provide the command module with enough electrical power to return home safely after an oxygen tank ruptured aboard the service module of the Apollo spacecraft.

Commander Moonikin Fields is equipped with sensors to provide data on what crew members may experience in flight, continuing Campos’s legacy to enable human exploration in deep space.

You might also be interested in:

Orion spacecraft takes a selfie on its journey beyond the far side of the Moon

Artemis captures an image of the Moon as you will never see it from Earth