You’ve never seen him like this before. NASA takes amazing pictures of the moon
NASA unexpectedly lost contact with the Orion spacecraft on Wednesday, leaving ground crews without images for 47 minutes.
Communications were lost at 1:09 a.m. ET, and NASA teams worked to resolve the issue without yet determining the cause of the malfunction.
Before communications were lost, the vehicle captured wonderful images of the craters scattered on the lunar surface 130 kilometers above it as it moved at a speed of about 8,210 kilometers per hour, and it is 370,149 kilometers from Earth, according to the British Daily Mail.
Orion is scheduled to remain in orbit around the moon for the next week and then return to Earth on December 1, landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego.
- Though captured in black and white, the new images show amazing detail on the moon’s cratered surface.
- The images were taken on Nov 21 by the Artemis 1 spacecraft.
- The images were taken with a camera mounted on the wing of the rover’s solar array.
- Engineers expected to lose contact with the spacecraft as it flew behind the moon for 34 minutes, but Wednesday’s loss of contact was unexpected and happened twice.
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