The unmanned Artemis I Orion spacecraft has successfully completed its first outbound trajectory correction burn, adjusting its course toward the Moon.
On its way to the Moon, the spacecraft is scheduled to perform additional course correction burns. On Thursday, November 17, the second outbound trajectory burn is scheduled to occur.
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), the world’s most powerful rocket, will launch the Orion spacecraft on the Artemis I flight test on November 16, 2022, at 1:47 a.m. EST, from Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Artemis I is the first integrated flight test of NASA’s SLS, Orion, and ground systems, for those unaware. This uncrewed mission’s primary objective is to thoroughly test the integrated systems prior to crewed missions by operating the spacecraft in a deep space environment, evaluating Orion’s heat shield, and recovering the crew module after reentry, descent, and splashdown.
Orion is scheduled to travel approximately 40,000 miles beyond the Moon and return to Earth in 25.5 days as part of the Artemis I mission. It is expected to fly by the Moon on November 21, making a close approach of the lunar surface en route to a retrograde orbit thousands of miles beyond the Moon that is highly stable.