NASA’s Artemis 1 Orion aced moon mission despite heat shield problem

NASA’s Orion spacecraft fared better than expected on its first deep space flight despite experiencing an unexpected loss of its heat shield material.

In a teleconference Tuesday (March 7), NASA management discussed Orion’s performance on the historic Artemis 1 mission that saw the spacecraft orbit the moon before returning to Earth after 25 days. Orion was taken to lunar orbit after launch on November 16, 2022 atop the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the most powerful rocket ever launched.

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