Since taking off aboard the Space Launch System rocket last Wednesday, NASA’s Orion spacecraft has had a remarkably smooth journey. But it’s far from over. While millions of Americans prepare for a long weekend with family and friends, Orion will continue its 25-day mission, including conducting a crucial burn on Friday to enter a distant retrograde orbit around the Moon.
Orion is eight days into its 25-day journey around the Moon. The capsule is a cornerstone of NASA’s Artemis program, which has the aim of returning humans to the Moon by the end of the decade and, in the long-term, making our