The Orion capsule performs even better than expected during Artemis I mission to the moon

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“We’re seeing things that don’t quite match our predictions. And the team is spending the time to go through that with a fine-tooth comb to make sure that there isn’t something else there that is potentially a latent issue,” Michael Sarafin, NASA’s Artemis mission manager said. Monday’s flyby of the lunar surface, passing about 81 miles above the surface , was the closest that the Orion capsule will be to the moon before it enters a “distant retrograde orbit.” Orion will travel around the Moon opposite the direction the Moon travels around Earth. Snapping views of Earth and the moon Orion successfully completed its fourth orbital trajectory correction burn using the auxiliary engines. “The mission continues to proceed as we had planned, and the ground systems, our operations teams, and the Orion spacecraft continue to exceed expectations, and we continue to learn along the way about this new, deep-space spacecraft,”also said Mike Sarafin.

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As of Monday, Nov. 21, a total of 3,715.7 pounds of propellant has been used, 76.2 pounds less than prelaunch expected values. NASA’s mega moon rocket which transported Orion capsule was the most powerful rocket in operation to reach orbit. “Everyone in mission control is giddy,” Judd Freiling, Artemis 1 flight director at NASA’s Johnson Space Center said during the news briefing.