NASA spacecraft launches a new orbit
NASA spacecraft about the size of a microwave embarked on the beginning of a four-month-long journey
where it will eventually insert itself into a unique, elongated lunar orbit that no NASA mission
The spacecraft’s goal is simple: test out this particular orbit and see what it’s like.
It’s a special seven-day path that spacecraft can take around the Moon
NASA is considering leveraging this orbit for its Artemis program
This mission, called CAPSTONE, is meant to serve as a pathfinder
It can also be considered the first mission of the entire Artemis program