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NASA loses contact with Artemis 1's Orion spacecraft for 47 minutes - Space.com

NASA loses contact with Artemis 1's Orion spacecraft for 47 minutes - Space.com

NASA loses contact with Artemis 1's Orion spacecraft for 47 minutes - Space.com
Nov 23, 2022 48 secs

NASA unexpectedly lost contact with its moonbound Orion capsule early Wednesday morning (Nov. 23), for reasons that remain unclear.

The uncrewed Orion has been performing well since launching toward the moon last Wednesday (Nov. 16) on NASA's Artemis 1 mission.

But this Wednesday (Nov. 23) brought a blip: Mission controllers lost communication with Orion at 1:09 a.m.

Related: NASA's Artemis 1 moon mission: Live updates.

More: 10 wild facts about the Artemis 1 moon mission.

The communication outage lasted 47 minutes, and Orion came out of it in good shape; the spacecraft is healthy and suffered no apparent ill effects, NASA officials said.

 —  NASA's daring Artemis 1 'Red Crew' saved the day for the launch to the moon.

Artemis 1 is a shakeout cruise for Orion and NASA's giant Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever to fly successfully.

The duo are slated to fly astronauts for the first time in 2024 on Artemis 2, which will send a crewed Orion around the moon.

NASA's Artemis 1 moon mission: Live updates.

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