The 55-pound (25 kilograms) CAPSTONE test slipped into space around the moon on Sunday night (Nov. 13), turning into the first cubesat ever to visit Earth's closest neighbor.

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The achievement came after a fruitful motor consume that finished at 7:39 p.m. EST (0039 GMT on Nov. 14), NASA authorities said in a short update (opens in new tab).

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NASA's CAPSTONE probe arrived in lunar orbit on Nov. 13, 2022. This is an artist's illustration of the cubesat

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NASA intends to send off the main bits of Passage, a vital piece of its Artemis program of moon investigation, in 2024.

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 In any case, the organization needs to get familiar with lunar NRHOs first, and that is where CAPSTONE comes in

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 The microwave measured shuttle will confirm the associated steadiness with this circle, which a rocket has never flown in, during a mission intended to endure something like a half year.

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CAPSTONE will also perform some communication and navigation tests, some of them in concert with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been looping around the moon since 2009.

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CAPSTONE isn't ready to get to work just yet, however; it still needs to fine-tune its path around the moon.

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"Two smaller correction maneuvers will take place this week to ensure the spacecraft is confirmed into the complex lunar orbit," representatives of the Colorado company Advanced Space, which owns CAPSTONE and operates the cubesat for NASA

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