NASA’s CAPSTONE satellite maneuver sends spacecraft on its way to lunar orbit

NASA announced it was having communications issues with the satellite on July 5

Communications were re-established by July 6, and now the satellite has performed its first targeting maneuver

The satellite is testing out an unusual orbit around the moon which could be used for the planned Gateway space station. 

 CAPSTONE’s task is to test whether this orbit is a good potential orbit for the future station.

“NASA’s CAPSTONE successfully completed its first trajectory correction maneuver, which started at 11:30 a.m. EDT Thursday

This method uses very little fuel but takes longer, so CAPSTONE will take several months to reach the moon.

CAPSTONE is scheduled to arrive at its near rectilinear halo orbit around the moon on 13 November this year.

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