We know the phases of the Moon by heart. But, have you thought about how the future inhabitants of the satellite will see the phases of the Earth? The Orion spacecraft of the Artemis I mission offers us a small sample of what this scenario will be like. Spoiler alert: it’s mind blowing.
With the Artemis I mission, NASA has made a clear connection between the Apollo missions of the 1960s and 1970s. Now, the Orion spacecraft cameras have created a kind of “remake”; offering some images that we had decades without seeing.
On this occasion, unlike a photo, the Orion spacecraft has recorded a video of the Earth appearing out of the dark space vacuum. Slowly, the pale blue dot takes shape in spectacular detail despite the distances at which both celestial bodies are.
The video has been captured with one of the many cameras that the Orion ship has. Specifically, the one located at the end of one of the wings of the solar panel that the ship uses to power itself.
The Artemis I mission captures a picture that continues to amaze
Despite all the years that we have seen the Earth from space for the first time, this vision continues to surprise in excess. In 1968, Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders Captured a Fascinating Image on the First Manned Mission to Orbit the Moon.
This was not only a technical achievement for NASA, which would later help lay the groundwork for the Apollo 11 landing. helped humanity see its position in the universe with a very different perspective. From that moment we saw each other from the outside and not from the outside, a way we were already very used to.
The Artemis I mission is just beginning. Right now, The Orion spacecraft is in orbit around the Moon. and testing their most modern instruments. Later, it will return to Earth, and promises to bring humans to the satellite after 2025. On the other hand, the agency is thinking about how to create human settlements using 3D printing.
In the meantime, we will have to wait for news from Orion and his experiments in lunar orbit. Recently, NASA detailed some problems in communications with the spacecraft. Fortunately, they reported that it didn’t take long for them to re-establish contact without too much trouble.