The “selfie” of the Orion spacecraft with the Earth: the single shot from the last Apollo mission 50 years ago

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The "selfie" of the Orion spacecraft with the Earth: the unique shot from the last Apollo mission 50 years ago

The perfect moment during the flight

Cameras aboard the unmanned spacecraft Orion , launched into orbit Wednesday by NASA as part of the Artemis I mission, captured incredible images during its journey to the Moon, including a selfie with the Earth in the background. Through social networks, the US space agency shared a video shot nine and a half hours after its launch. Our planet can be seen at a distance of 93,341 kilometers. According to NASA, this is the first time in nearly 50 years since the last Apollo mission that a spacecraft designed to carry humans has captured a view of Earth almost in its entirety (such as the famous “Blue Marble”). The shot was taken by one of four cameras mounted on the wings of the Service Module's solar panel, which will help engineers assess Orion's external conditions.