Orion Approaches Moon Before Return Flyby

On the 19th day of the Artemis I mission, Dec. 4, 2022,

a camera mounted on the Orion spacecraft captured the Moon just in frame as

Orion prepared for its return powered flyby on Dec. 5,

when it passed approximately 79 miles above the lunar surface.

Orion performed the return powered flyby burn at 11:43 a.m. EST,

changing the velocity of the spacecraft by approximately 655 mph (961 feet per second).

The return powered flyby is the last large maneuver of the mission,

with only smaller trajectory corrections to target Earth remaining.

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