a silver cone-shaped spacecraft in space

NASA’s Orion spacecraft performed better than expected on its first deep-space flight despite experiencing unexpected damage to its heat shield components.

In a teleconference Tuesday (March 7), NASA leadership 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 carried into lunar orbit Launching on November 16, 2022 Above the agency’s Space Launch System rocket (SLS), it is the most powerful rocket ever launched.

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