NASA investigates a loss of communication with the Orion spacecraft

NASA investigates a loss of communication with the Orion spacecraft
NASA investigates a loss of communication with the Orion spacecraft


Orion spacecraft of the Artemis I mission with the Moon in the background -NASA

MADRID, 24 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –

NASA unexpectedly lost contact with its Moon-bound Orion capsule during the early hours of November 23, for reasons that are being investigated.

After a successful seven-day mission that brought Artemis I into lunar orbit, mission controllers lost communication with the spacecraft at 6:09 UTC. After 47 minutes of silence, contact was restored.

“The reconfiguration has been carried out successfully several times in the last few days and the team is investigating the cause of the signal loss,” NASA officials wrote in a brief. mission status update.

The team solved the problem with a reconfiguration on the ground side.. Engineers are examining event data to help determine what happened, and the command and data officer will download data recorded onboard Orion during the outage for inclusion in that assessment. There was no impact on Orion and the spacecraft “Stay in a healthy configuration.”

On the eighth day of his mission, Orion continued to move away from the Moon as it prepares to enter a far retrograde orbit. The orbit is “remote” in the sense that it is high above the Moon’s surface, and it is “retrograde” because Orion will travel around the Moon in the opposite direction to the direction that the Moon travels around Earth.

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