NASA will host a news conference at 5 p.m. EST today, Monday, Nov. 21, from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss Orion’s lunar flyby as part of the Artemis I mission. Participants also will provide an update on post-launch assessments of the Space Launch System rocket and exploration ground systems.
Orion successfully conducted an outbound powered flyby burn at 7:44 a.m. to accelerate the spacecraft, harness the force from the Moon’s gravity, and direct Orion toward a distant retrograde orbit beyond the Moon. During the maneuver, Orion made its closest lunar approach, flying about 81 miles above the lunar surface.
Participants will include:
- Mike Sarafin, Artemis I mission manager, NASA Headquarters
- Judd Frieling, flight director, NASA Johnson
- Howard Hu, Orion Program manager, NASA Johnson
Anyone wanting to submit a question on social media may do so using #AskNASA.
Following a successful launch atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket at 1:47 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 16, Orion will travel approximately 40,000 miles beyond the Moon and back to Earth as the first Artemis mission. Artemis includes a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration at the Moon where the agency will prepare for future missions with crew to Mars.
Learn more about Artemis at: https://www.nasa.gov/artemis-1