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NASA capsule buzzes moon, last big step before lunar orbit
This screengrab from NASA TV shows NASA's Orion capsule, left, nearing the moon, right, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. At center is earth. Credit: NASA via AP

NASA's Orion capsule reached the moon Monday, whipping around the far side and buzzing the lunar surface on its way to a record-breaking orbit with test dummies sitting in for astronauts.

It's the first time a capsule has visited the moon since NASA's Apollo program 50 years ago, and represents a huge milestone in the $4.1 billion that began last Wednesday.

The of 81 miles (130 kilometers) occurred as the crew capsule and its three wired-up dummies were on the far side of the moon. Because of a half-hour communication blackout, in Houston did not know if the critical engine firing went well until the capsule emerged from behind the moon, 232,000 miles (370,000 kilometers) from Earth.

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Orion, European Service Module and Earth during Artemis I Image: Orion, European Service Module and Earth during Artemis I
Monday, 21 November 2022 08:00

ESA DG: What’s on the table for CM22?

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Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director General, explains what is on the table for ESA at CM22, ESA’s Council at Ministerial level taking place on 22 and 23 November 2022, a crucial milestone as Europe sets out its ambitions and plans for space activities in the coming years and decades.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 08:16

ESA Orion blog with icon

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Orion, European Service Module and Earth during Artemis I

ESA's Orion blog

Updates on Artemis and the European Service Module for Orion

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Chinese coast guard seizes rocket debris from Filipino navy
This photo taken from a C-130 transport plane with Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces Chief Gen. Eduardo Ano shows Thitu Island off the South China Sea on April 21, 2017. A Chinese coast guard vessel twice blocked the Philippine naval boat before seizing the debris it was towing Sunday off Philippine-occupied Thitu Island, Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos said Monday.
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The ESA Council at Ministerial level (CM22) is taking place in Paris, France, on 22 and 23 November. ESA’s Member States, Associated States and Cooperating States will be invited to together strengthen Europe’s space ambitions and ensure that space continues to serve European citizens. Follow our live coverage of CM22 via ESA WebTV.

Monday, 21 November 2022 08:24

Hall of mirrors for Proba-3 laser testing

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Hall of mirrors for Proba-3 laser testing Image: Hall of mirrors for Proba-3 laser testing
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Paris (ESA) Nov 15, 2022
Solar Orbiter has spotted a 'tube' of cooler atmospheric gases snaking its way through the Sun's magnetic field. The observation provides an intriguing new addition to the zoo of features revealed by the ESA-led Solar Orbiter mission, especially since the snake was a precursor to a much larger eruption. The snake was seen on 5 September 2022, as Solar Orbiter was approaching the Sun for a close
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Andenes, Norway (SPX) Nov 17, 2022
A NASA-funded rocket mission is headed to space to measure the global electric circuit underlying the northern lights. For its second trip to space, the Aurora Current and Electrodynamics Structures II, or ACES II, instrument will launch from Andoya Space in Andenes, Norway. The launch window opens Nov. 16, 2022, at 6 p.m. local time. High above us, electrons from space stream into our sky
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Ontario, Canada (SPX) Nov 17, 2022
The Winchcombe meteorite, a rare carbonaceous meteorite which crashed onto a driveway in Gloucestershire in 2021, has been found to contain extra-terrestrial water and organic compounds that reveal insights into the origin of Earth's oceans. A new study, published by Science Advances, led by experts from the Natural History Museum and the University of Glasgow reports the orbital history and fir
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