(Image-NASA Orion Spacecraft)
New Delhi: Everyday we see the rising and setting of the sun and the moon, but have ever seen the earth rising or setting. No isn’t it? So today we are showing you through these pictures. Our blue planet is setting behind the moon, whose picture was taken by NASA’s Orion spacecraft from behind it while circling around the moon. Let us tell you that the Orion spacecraft was sent towards the Moon last week by the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket of the Artemis-1 mission. The Orion spacecraft made its closest approach to the Moon on 21 November 2022. At that time its distance from the surface of the moon was 130 kilometers. Here’s the full news…
picture of the earth going down behind the moon
Let us tell you that to send Orion towards the back side of the Moon ie the dark side, its engine was turned on for 2.30 minutes. As soon as he reached the fixed orbit at the back, which is called the Retrograde Orbit of the Moon. Only then the camera mounted on its solar panel took a picture of the earth falling behind the moon. Then Orion was 4.32 lakh kilometers away from the Earth. In such a situation, next time its engine will be started on 25 November.
it will be on 28 november
It is known that the Orion spacecraft will remain in the retrograde orbit it is currently in for the next one week. In this orbit, it will go to the nearest 97 km to the moon and 92,134 km to the farthest. Till now no spacecraft made by humans for humans has gone so far in space. Orion will cover this distance on 28 November.
Artemis mission manager Mike Sarafin said…
Artemis mission manager Mike Sarafin said that we have so much time that we will investigate the SLS rocket, spacecraft and ground systems properly during this time. Also, whatever has happened so far in the Artemis-1 mission, we will be able to study it properly. We are very happy with the performance of the spacecraft so far. It has worked beyond our expectations. Mike told that the cameras on the Orion spacecraft have taken great pictures of the moon and the way. Now you see the picture of your blue earth. On which 800 crore people are living. She looks so small from such a distance. This picture has come during the time when all the cameras were being checked.