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

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