NASA’s Orion spacecraft sends back first detailed photos of the moon

Nov 25, 2022

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft sends back first detailed photos of the moon

Nov 25, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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NASA’s Artemis I mission has been under the spotlight lately, and we recently saw Orion’s stunning video of the Earth “setting” behind the moon. On its sixth flight day, the spacecraft took detailed shots of the moon’s surface. NASA shared it with the public so that you can look up close at our home planet’s natural satellite.

Orion took the photos with its optical navigation camera. As you can see, the images show the craters on the moon in black and white. “Orion uses the optical navigation camera to capture imagery of the Earth and the Moon at different phases and distances,” NASA writes, “providing an enhanced body of data to certify its effectiveness under different lighting conditions as a way to help orient the spacecraft on future missions with crew.”

Image credits: NASA
Image credits: NASA
Image credits: NASA
Image credits: NASA

NASA successfully launched Artemis 1 on 16 November 2022, and all of the mission milestones have been reached so far. Right now, Orion is less than a day away from entering into a distant retrograde orbit around the Moon, approximately 50,000 miles from its surface. “Due to the distance, the orbit is so large that it will take the spacecraft six days to complete half of a revolution around the Moon before exiting the orbit for the return journey back to Earth,” NASA explains. And while we wait, here are also some snaps Orion took with a camera mounted on one of its solar arrays. You’ll find plenty more photos on NASA’s Flickr, and you can read more about the Artemis mission on NASA’s blog.

Image credits: NASA
Image credits: NASA

[via New Scientist]

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4 responses to “NASA’s Orion spacecraft sends back first detailed photos of the moon”

  1. Mike Raffone Avatar
    Mike Raffone

    Looks like they were taken with a Kodak Brownie camera from the 60’s.

  2. BrettP Photography Avatar
    BrettP Photography

    Now if they could just pass over the Sea Of Tranquility and take an image of the lunar lander and 🇺🇸 left by Neil Armstrong that would settle the arguments of whether man landed on the moon once & for all

  3. g_disqus Avatar
    g_disqus

    i guess it’s the sony pdaf sign in these images

  4. DwrCymru Avatar
    DwrCymru

    Such poor quality imaging from NASA.