KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The Orion spacecraft is getting ready to head back to Earth.
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NASA’s Artemis I mission management team gave the “Go” Wednesday for the spacecraft to leave its distant retrograde orbit on the moon starting Thursday afternoon.
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It has been traveling around the moon since last Friday.
NASA flight director Zebulon Scoville said Orion is being pushed to its limits.
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“This vehicle really needs to be thought of as a human craft that will take humanity to the moon on Artemis II and III and subsequent missions,” Scoville said.
Orion’s moon flyby with astronauts is set for 2024, with a lunar landing planned for a year later.
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