Year: 2022

Orion Capsule Captures Stunning Imagery of Tortured Lunar Surface Terrain During 1st Close Flyby: Mosaics

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA’s Orion Artemis 1 spacecraft captured stunning up close imagery of the tortured lunar surface terrain during the unpiloted vehicles 1st close flyby orbiting around the Moon’s far side on Flight Day 6 of the test flight mission on 21 Nov. 2022. I’ve created a trio of up close lunar mosaics from

Orion Reaches Farthest Distance and Halfway Mark on Artemis 1 Mission Snaping Stunning Selfie with Earth and Moon

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  NASA’s uncrewed Orion spacecraft reached the farthest distance from Earth it will travel during the groundbreaking Artemis 1 mission — while also reaching the halfway mark of the flight during Flight Day 13, on Monday, Nov. 28 of the 25.5 day long test flight. The spacecraft also captured stunning imagery of Earth and the

Orion Enters Distant Retrograde Orbit Around Moon with Critical Engine Burn

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –NASA’s Orion crew capsule entered its a distant retrograde orbit (DRO) trajectory around the Moon after completing a critical thruster firing on Friday afternoon, Nov. 25, of the main engine required for lunar orbit insertion on Flight Day 10 of the 25.5-day long Artemis 1 unpiloted test flight mission. Orion’s Orbital Maneuvering

NASA’s Orion Completes Outbound Powered Lunar Flyby Firing with Luscious Lookbacks to Earth and Moon

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – NASA’s new era of Artemis exploration continues gathering momentum as the unpiloted Orion crew capsule successfully completed its  outbound powered flyby (OPF) engine burn Monday morning, Nov. 21 and made its closest flyby of the Moon – keeping the human space vehicle and Artemis 1 mission precisely on track for targeting

Last Look at NASA Artemis 1 Moon Rocket Before Hurricane Nicole Forced Launch Delay to Nov. 16: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PLAYALINDA BEACH/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Here’s a last look at NASA’s Artemis 1 Moon rocket standing vertical at launch pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, Nov. 7, just prior to the impending landfall of Hurricane Nicole on Florida’s East Coast tracking for overnight Thursday, Nov. 10 and consequently face hurricane