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For almost an hour, specialists on Earth could not contact the device, which was launched as part of the Artemis 1 mission.

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Last night, NASA unexpectedly lost contact with the Orion spacecraft launched to the Moon as part of the Artemis 1 mission. About NASA reported.

Data transmission was interrupted between the spacecraft and NASA Mission Control at Johnson Space Center for almost an hour. It is noted that communication with Orion could not be restored from 1:09 am ET to 1:56 am ET.

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The failure occurred while NASA employees were working with the communication channel between the device and the set of antennas of the Deep Space Network. They are responsible for the communication of the ship with ground control.

At the moment, Orion continues its journey to the moon and back, which will last 25.5 days. Last Monday, the spacecraft made a successful flyby of the moon, during which NASA scheduled to lose contact with Orion for 34 minutes, as the capsule ended up on the opposite side of the satellite. It was this flight that became the closest, but now the device is on the way to its most distant orbit. It is expected that the device will enter this orbit on November 25.

As for the problem that has arisen, NASA is still not exactly able to name its causes. Now experts are studying the data from the device, which were received before and after the failure.

It is noted that the problem was solved by the Mission Control Center on Earth, that is, Orion did not fix the problem on its side. The data that was recorded by Orion during the outage will be carefully studied by specialists.

In general, communication with the device has stabilized and NASA does not expect new outages. Over the past 8 days of flight, the mission team has already fixed more than a dozen problems related to the device, but none of them were critical.

According to Artemis 1 mission leader Mike Sarafin, the team has yet to sort out the latest issue.

If the rest of the Orion's journey goes smoothly, the Orion will face its biggest test yet. We are talking about the entry of the apparatus into the Earth's atmosphere.

The success of this mission should pave the way for the next – Artemis 2, during which an astronaut will be on board the ship. NASA expects the second mission to be launched at the end of 2024.