Artemis’ Orion Capsule Preps for Return to Earth From Moon’s Orbit

NASA’s unmanned Orion space capsule is making its final orbits of the moon as it prepares to return to Earth, completing the kickoff to the space agency’s Artemis program.

NASA said the capsule completed a planned trajectory correction burn Thursday to fine-tune its course toward the moon. The burn is one of two maneuvers required ahead of Orion’s splashdown Dec. 11 off the coast of Baja, California.

“The second will occur on Monday, when the spacecraft will fly 79.2 miles above the lunar surface and perform a return powered flyby burn, which will commit Orion on its course toward Earth,” NASA said in a press release.

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