Splashdown! Artemis 1 Orion capsule returns safely to Earth
Published On: December 16 2022
It’s been a nail-biting 25 days for NASA, but the Orion capsule landed safely in the Pacific Ocean near San Diego at 06:47 GMT on 11th December. Designed as a test for the NASA Space Launch System (SLS), the Orion capsule flew by the Moon twice, passing at one point at just 130kms above the lunar surface. The whole mission is captured in this neat video from the European Space Agency (ESA).
Powered by Europe
Initially powered by the 33 engines of the European Service Module, Orion’s journey was also a test run for taking astronauts back to the Moon. As the ESA commented in their notes to the video above:
“Future European Service Modules will provide electricity, propulsion and cabin thermal control for astronauts on lunar missions as well as breathable atmosphere and drinking water.”
From start to finish
Here at The Load cell Shop, we’ve been following the progress of the Artemis 1 project and noting the important roles load cells have played in getting the mission off the ground (and back again!).
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