Lunar livestream: Watch NASA’s Orion spacecraft orbit the moon from the Artemis 1 mission – Fox Weather

NASA's Orion spacecraft made its first close pass of the moon Monday, and after years of waiting, the views from the Artemis 1 test flight are not letting space fans down.
After launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 19, the uncrewed Orion spacecraft and its manikin passengers traveled about 240,000 miles, making the first flyby of the moon on Nov. 22.
As Orion began its closest approach to the moon on Monday, NASA shared live views of the moon and Earth as seen from the spacecraft. Orion came within 81 miles of the lunar surface during its first flyby, crossing behind the moon where it lost communication with the Deep Space Network for about 30 minutes as planned.
The images were provided by cameras on Orion's solar arrays, or the spacecraft's "selfie sticks," designed by Deep Space Systems, a Redwire company in Colorado. The company worked with Orion's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, to add cameras to the spacecraft, providing high-definition, 4K video. 
The ability to share the visuals coming back down from Orion as live video surprised mission managers. 
As Orion began its closest approach to the moon yet, NASA shared live views of the moon and Earth as seen from the Artemis I spacecraft.
"We didn't expect to get live stream video like we got today," Flight Director Judd Frieling said after the successful flyby burn. "The reason was our preflight predictions said we would not have enough bandwidth to downlink all of the files that we plan to do for critical telemetry as well as do live stream as part of the testing of the system."
Frieling said the team now plans to prioritize livestreaming when the bandwidth is available. 
NASA is now regularly streaming views from Orion on a Ustream channel.
A portion of the far side of the moon looms large just beyond the Orion spacecraft in this image taken on the sixth day of the Artemis I mission by a camera on the tip of one of Orion s solar arrays The spacecraft entered the lunar sphere of influence Sunday, Nov. 20 making the Moon instead of Earth the main gravitational force acting on the spacecraft. On Monday, Nov. 21, 2022 it came within 80 miles of the lunar surface the closest approach of the uncrewed Artemis I mission before moving into a distant retrograde orbit around the  moon. (Image: NASA) ( )
NASA’s Orion spacecraft takes a "selfie" with the moon on Nov. 21, 2022 during the Artemis 1 test flight. (Image: NASA) ( )
A view of the Orion solar arrays and the moon during the Artemis 1 mission on Nov. 22, 2022. (Image: NASA) ( )
The moon as seen by NASA’s Orion spacecraft on approach for a lunar flyby on Nov. 21, 2022 during the Artemis 1 test flight. (Image: NASA) ( )
The tiny blue dot of Earth in the blackness of space as seen by NASA’s Orion spacecraft on Nov. 21, 2022. (Image: NASA) ( )
The view of Earth (bottom center) and the moon (upper right) as seen from NASA’s Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft about 2,000 miles from the lunar surface on November 21, 2022. (Image: NASA) ( )
The video shows the blackness of space and the moon with Orion's solar arrays visible. Depending on where Orion is in its orbit of the moon, the cameras will also feature views of Earth.
Unlike the International Space Station, which is about 200 miles from Earth, data from the Orion spacecraft coming through the Deep Space Network takes more time. 
Initially, it took about 90 minutes to get 1 gigabyte of data back to Earth, but Frieling said the team has already reduced that to 45 minutes. 
NASA's Johnson Space Center is also sharing images and videos from Orion as they are processed and reviewed on a Flickr album.
On Dec. 5, Orion will fly by the Apollo landing sites. NASA hopes to share images of those historic lunar landing locations with the public as soon as they are available.  
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