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Artemis 1’s Orion capsule fires engine for 1st time on way to the moon

NASA’s moon-bound Orion space capsule fired its main engine for the first time about eight hours after the launch of the Artemis 1 mission to adjust its trajectory and check out the system.

The capsule was lofted to space by the giant Space Launch System rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Wednesday morning (Nov. 16). The rocket’s second stage put the capsule on a trajectory toward the moon about two hours after liftoff. However, to perfect the path and to make sure that Orion‘s own maneuvering system works as designed, the capsule performed a planned engine burn shortly before 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) on Wednesday.

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