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NASA’s Orion Sends Back Haunting New Views of the Moon’s Tortured Surface

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The Moon is a cold, dead, and desolate place, as these new images, captured by NASA’s Orion, attest.
It was during this course correction that Orion performed its closest approach to the Moon, coming to within 80 miles (130 kilometers) of the lunar surface.
Nasa's Orion capsule reaches moon on way to record-breaking lunar orbit (The Guardian)
Naturally, NASA took the opportunity to snap a bunch of cool photos, which the space agency released yesterday.
Following 'unexpected loss' NASA says Orion spacecraft communications restored (Fox News)
Bumpy limb
The images were taken during the sixth day of the Artemis 1 mission, an uncrewed demonstration of NASA’s Orion capsule.
Indeed, it’s craters for miles, with the images even showing craters within craters within craters.
Craters within craters within craters
Destination: Distant retrograde orbit
Orion is currently en route to a distant retrograde orbit (DRO) around the Moon.
Outbound speedster
This burn will move Orion into distant retrograde orbit, where it will stay for about one week.
Orion is scheduled to depart the lunar environment on December 1 and return to Earth on December 11.
Here for a good time, not a long time
Fact check: Launch sites on the Earth and moon require different materials (USA Today)