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Capsule makes longest distance from earth

NASA’s Orion capsule has reached 432,000 kilometres from earth, the longest distance ever travelled by a spacecraft made for human passengers.

November 29, 2022
By AAP
29 November 2022

The Orion capsule of NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission has reached its farthest distance from earth two weeks after launch, the US space agency says.

“We made it to the maximum distance from the Earth!” NASA tweeted on Monday.

The capsule went about 432,000 kilometres from earth, the longest distance ever travelled by a spacecraft made for human passengers.

Just days earlier, Orion broke a record set by Apollo 13 in 1970 when it reached some 400,000km from earth shortly after entering the orbit of the moon.

Orion was “about halfway through the #Artemis I mission around the moon” and was now earthbound, NASA tweeted.

It is expected to return to earth on December 11 after about two million kilometres of flight.

No humans are on board the Orion capsule. Astronauts are not scheduled to join until the Artemis 2 mission in 2024.

After months of postponements, the Artemis 1 mission set off for its first test launch on November 16.

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