A NASA CubeSat designed to test a unique lunar orbit is safely in space and on the first leg of its journey to the Moon. The spacecraft is heading toward an orbit intended in the future for Gateway, a lunar space station built by the agency and its commercial and international partners that will support NASA’s Artemis program, including astronaut missions.

The Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment, or CAPSTONE, mission launched at 5:55 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 28, 2022, on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket from the Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula of New Zealand.

Image Credit: Courtesy of Rocket Lab


NASA的立方体卫星(CubeSat)设计用于测试一个独特的月球轨道,目前它在太空中安全运行,并进入了月球之旅的第一段路程。该航天器正朝着未来计划用于门户(Gateway)的轨道前进,门户是该机构及其商业和国际合作伙伴建造的一个月球空间站,将支持NASA的阿尔忒弥斯项目,包括宇航员任务。

2022年6月28日,周二,在新西兰马希亚半岛的火箭实验室1号发射场,地月自主定位系统技术操作和导航实验(或称CAPSTONE)搭载火箭实验室的电子火箭发射升空。

影像来源:Courtesy of Rocket Lab

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