For the first time in 50 years, Americans have landed on the Moon again.

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 For the first time in 50 years, Americans have reached the Moon again

NASA's Orion space capsule reached the moon for the first time since the Apollo program completed this task 50 years ago.

According to the American space agency NASA, the ship circled the moon passed within 80 miles (128 km) – a fairly close approximation, which was due to the fact that the capsule and its three test dummies were on the far side of the moon, reports Sky News.

Flight controllers in Houston, US experienced a half-hour blackout, meaning they didn't know if the launch of the critical engine was successful until the capsule exited from behind the moon.

 For the first time in 50 years, Americans have reached the Moon again

behind the Moon, the onboard cameras returned an image of the Earth – a blue dot surrounded by black.

 For the first time in 50 years, Americans have reached the moon again

During the landing approach, the capsule fired its main engine in “fly-by” mode, which set the course for entry into lunar orbit four days later. The capsule will spend about a week orbiting the Moon before landing in the Pacific Ocean on December 11.

On November 16, NASA launched the Artemis I mission, the ultimate goal of which is to return a man to the Moon. However, this was only possible on the third attempt. The first launch was scheduled for August 29, but had to be postponed due to technical problems with the engine. The mission was postponed for the second time on September 2, as experts detected a hydrogen leak that occurred during refueling.

If all goes well with the launch of the space capsule today, on November 25, another fired engine will bring the capsule into this orbit, and by next weekend it will break NASA's longest distance record for a spacecraft designed for astronauts.

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