NASA’s Orion spacecraft has accomplished all of its engine burns to place it on its homecoming path.
Assuming its 239,000-mile voyage back to Earth goes with out a hitch, the uncrewed capsule will splash down off the coast of California on Sunday, December 11.
Read on for full details on the best way to watch a livestream of its return home.
The Orion spacecraft departed atop NASA’s latest SLS rocket within the Artemis I mission on November 16.
The mission is basically a dry run for a crewed voyage that would happen as early as 2024 using the identical rocket and capsule.
The mission has to this point gone entirely in accordance with plan, with the Orion making a detailed flyby of the moon last month before entering a distant retrograde orbit around our nearest neighbor.
During its journey, the capsule has been sending back stunning imagery showing the moon up close and Earth within the background. The Orion also set a latest record for the furthest distance traveled from Earth by an astronaut-ready spacecraft.
How you can watch
The Orion spacecraft is anticipated to splash down within the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego at 9:40 a.m. PT (12:40 p.m. ET) on Sunday, December 11.
A livestream from Mission Control in Houston will start at 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET). Tho coverage will track the spacecraft’s entry into Earth’s atmosphere at 24,500 mph, and its parachute-assisted descent to the splashdown site.
The recovery team may also be shown making its option to the spacecraft to pluck it out of the water.
You possibly can watch NASA’s livestream via the video player at the highest of this page, or by visiting NASA Live TV, which can carry the identical feed.