- Press Release
- Jan 31, 2023
Lunar Close-up By Orion
The optical navigation camera mounted on the Orion spacecraft captured these views of the Moon’s surface.
On flight day 20 of the Artemis I mission, the spacecraft made its second and final close approach to the Moon before its returned powered flyby burn.
Orion uses the optical navigation camera to capture imagery of the Earth and the Moon at different phases and distances, 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.
Date Created: 2022-12-05 NASA ID: art001e002593
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