Artemis 1’s Orion capsule sends Earth the first image of home

Artemis 1 has sent home its first stunning image from what will be a 25-day mission through deep space.

The mission launched today (Nov. 16) at 1:47 a.m. EST (0647 GMT) atop a Space Launch System (SLS) mega rocket to conduct an uncrewed test flight around the moon. The new “selfie” image of the Orion spacecraft hardware and Earth’s partially illuminated disk comes from more than nine hours into the Artemis 1 flight. At the time, the capsule was more than 57,000 miles (92,000 kilometers) from Earth, about one-fifth the distance to the Moon, and was traveling at nearly 5,500 mph (8,800 km/h).

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