December 4, 2022

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Where is the Orion Artemis 1 capsule now?

Artemis 1 finally got underway on November 16, with the SLS launching at 07:47 ITA. 8 minutes after launch, the SLS’s central core separated from the second stage, while the Orion capsule separated from it 1 hour and 57 minutes after launch. At that moment, the capsule’s solo flight began, which would take it into lunar orbit, before returning and landing on Earth.

In this article, constantly updated, We will provide all information about the position of the Orion capsule and its subsequent maneuvers, and we will also collect all the photos that will be taken during the flight. The landing is scheduled for December 11 at 19:06 Italian time. The updates on this page are mainly of two types.

  • Next maneuver updateindicates the next operation to be performed by Orion.
  • Website updateindicates the location of Orion.
  • Job status updateRefers to the Artemis 1 mission update, or Orion logistics operations.

For accurate data on the distance traveled and the location of Orion in real time, NASA has Created this site.

However, in this video it is possible to review the moment of launchcommented during Astrospace.it’s live broadcast


Next maneuver update [20 novembre 21:15]

The Orion capsule is currently located 59,000 km from the Moon. For tomorrow, Monday, November 21, a flyby of our satellite is scheduled, which will allow the Orion capsule to enter DRO orbit around the Moon. The Flyby flight will take place at 13:57 Italian time, and will lift the capsule to about 130 km above the surface. The space agency will be broadcast live on NASA TV starting at 1.15pm Italian time.

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Website update [La capsula Orion alle 18:00 italiane del 20 novembre si trovava:]

374 thousand km from the Earth

72 thousand km from the Moon.

The Orion capsule is moving at a speed of 682 km / h relative to Earth. The capsule’s speed decreases to allow it to enter lunar orbit.

It has been 4 days, 10 hours and 11 minutes since the start of the Artemis 1 mission.

Website update [La capsula Orion alle 11:53 italiane del 20 novembre si trovava:]

366 thousand km from the Earth

100 thousand km from the Moon.

The Orion capsule is moving at a speed of 980 km/h relative to Earth. The capsule’s speed decreases to allow it to enter lunar orbit.

It has been 4 days, 01 hours and 2 minutes since the start of the Artemis 1 mission.

Website update [La capsula Orion alle 22:50 italiane del 19 novembre si trovava:]

358 thousand km of land

128 thousand km from the Moon.

The Orion capsule is traveling at a speed of 1,320 km/h relative to Earth. The capsule’s speed decreases to allow it to enter lunar orbit.

It’s been 3 days, 15 hours, and 00 minutes since the Artemis 1 mission started.

Website update [La capsula Orion alle 17:50 italiane del 19 novembre si trovava:]

351 thousand km from the Earth

143 thousand km from the Moon.

The Orion capsule is traveling at 1,520 km/h relative to Earth. The capsule’s speed decreases to allow it to enter lunar orbit.

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It has been 3 days, 10 hours and 0 minutes since the start of the Artemis 1 mission.

Job status update [ 18 novembre]

On November 17, the Orion capsule performed a second course-correction maneuver (at 12:32 Italian time) using the service module’s auxiliary thrusters.

Also on November 17, NASA activated the Callisto experiment, a technology developed by Lockheed Martin in collaboration with Amazon and Cisco that will provide virtual assistance to astronauts during subsequent missions. Callisto integrates a modified version of Alexa.

Again, motion tests of Orion’s solar panels were conducted on November 17 to find the most efficient position for transmitting images from cameras positioned at the ends of the panels to onboard computers.


The full mission outline anticipates a 25.5-day flight.

  • In the first five days Orion will approach the moon.
  • From the sixth to the ninth day, DRO orbit entry operations will be performed. On the sixth day (Monday the 21st), a FlyBy of the Moon will take place, which will bring Orion to a minimum distance from the surface of about 130 km.
  • From Day 10 to Day 15, the capsule will remain in DRO orbit around our satellite.
  • On December 1, the day of Mission 16, Orion will leave DRO orbit.
  • On mission day 26, i.e. December 11, abandonment is expected.
The stages of the journey to the moon of Orion.

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The Artemis 1 mission is an important step for the program, and it is imperative that not only does it get started, but that everything goes well throughout the 26-day voyage. In fact, the main objective of this mission remains to test the SLS carrier and Orion capsule. On board the capsule and rocket are several experiments, as well as ten different cubes. In these visions it is possible to read all the details regarding the Artemis 1 mission.

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-> Cube satellite guide that will be launched into space aboard Artemis 1
-> Italian contribution to Artemis 1

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