This is Orion's first-ever journey beyond Earth orbit, but the capsule has been checking boxes like a veteran, mission team members said."Orion has been performing great so far," Jim Geffre, NASA's Orion vehicle integration manager, said during a press briefing on Friday afternoon (Nov. 18).Related: Amazing views of NASA's Artemis 1 moon rocket debut (photos).
Live updates: NASA's Artemis 1 moon mission.
Thirteen anomalies, or "funnies," have been detected during Orion's cruise so far, mission team members said on Friday. .
While all of them deployed from the SLS upper stage as planned, only five are now behaving as expected, Artemis 1 mission manager Mike Sarafin said during the briefing.Sarafin stressed, however, that he and other Artemis 1 team members don't have the best or most up-to-date information about the cubesats, which are independent spacecraft operated by a variety of different groups.Sarafin also disclosed that Artemis 1's mobile launch tower was damaged somewhat by the SLS, the most powerful rocket ever to launch successfully. .
(Orion had one flight under its belt before Artemis 1, a 2014 test flight to Earth orbit atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket.) .— See the 1st space views from moon-bound Artemis 1 Orion capsule (photos).— Epic Artemis 1 rocket launch spotted streaking through Earth's atmosphere in satellite image!
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