Artemis Continues to Set New Milestones

As the Artemis I mission approaches the halfway point, NASA is preparing to give an update on the mission’s progress so far in a news conference planned for 5 this afternoon at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The update today comes as Artemis is now at its farthest distance from Earth… an amazing 270,000 miles from home. The Orion capsule entered lunar orbit on at 4:52 p.m. on Friday, where it will remain for about a week as it runs through a series of tests of systems in a deep space environment about 40,000 miles above the lunar surface. After that, the spacecraft will begin the journey back to Earth. The extensive testing is being done aboard the uncrewed spacecraft, and if all goes as planned, it will fly again to the moon with astronauts by 2024.