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    The US “Orion” spacecraft that performed an unmanned test mission around the moon returns to Earth

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    Los Angeles, December 11 According to the introduction of NASA, the “Orion” spacecraft that carried out the US “Artemis 1” unmanned flight test mission around the moon returned to Earth. At 12:40 U.S. Eastern Time on the 11th (1:40 Beijing Time on the 12th) it landed in the Pacific Ocean waters west of the Baja California Peninsula.

    The “Orion” spacecraft was lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 16, US Eastern Time, on the “Space Launch System” of NASA’s new generation of moon landing rockets. 1″ unmanned flight test mission around the moon.

    According to reports, the “Artemis 1” mission lasted about 25.5 days, and the “Orion” spacecraft flew about 1.4 million miles (about 2.25 million kilometers). The “Artemis 1” unmanned flight test mission around the moon is the first step in a series of lunar exploration missions in the United States, and will lay the foundation for subsequent manned lunar exploration missions.

    “Artemis” is a new moon landing program announced by the US government in 2019. It originally planned to send American astronauts to the moon again by 2024. Due to insufficient budget and other reasons, NASA announced in 2021 that the planned time for American astronauts to return to the moon will be postponed, and the earliest landing on the moon will be in 2025. Before the astronauts landed, NASA plans to carry out an unmanned flight test around the moon code-named “Artemis 1” and a manned flight test around the moon code-named “Artemis 2”.

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