Orion was launched on November 16, after years of preparation. The rover should take people to the moon and back again in a few years. To test all systems, it is now orbiting the Moon without a crew. A little over a week ago I started my return trip. According to NASA, the spacecraft is performing better than expected.
The bowl consists of two parts. In front is the American part where the crew will sit later.
At the rear, in the European part, is the Dutch drive and solar panels that generate electricity. On Sunday, just before re-entry into the atmosphere, they separate. The European part is burning up in the atmosphere, the American part has to slow down and finally sink gently into the sea hanging on parachutes. This occurs in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico. The “start” is scheduled for 6:39 pm NST. Then a warship would lift it out of the water and bring it ashore.
At Cape Canaveral space base, another vehicle is ready for launch on Sunday. The Japanese company iSpace wants to put a lander on the Moon in a controlled manner next year. So far only the US, USSR/Russia and China have been able to do this. The launch date is set for 8:38 am Belgian time. The takeoff has been delayed several times recently due to the need for more checks on the missile.
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