NASA's Artemis I uncrewed mission, by the numbers and images

Here's a rundown of how NASA's Artemis I mission unfolded after a couple scrubbed launch attempts: 

Launch with Space Launch System rockets: Nov. 16, 1:47 a.m. EST from launchpad 39B, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

blastoff artemis I nov. 16
All images NASA (NASA)


Splashdown of Orion Crew Module: Dec. 11, 9:40 a.m. EST about 100 miles off the coast of Baja California, Mexico

photos shows water and parachutes with Orion


Duration: 25.5 days

Distance traveled: 1.4 million miles around the moon

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Distance from Earth: 268,563 miles at farthest point on Nov. 28. (Image taken from camera mounted on one of the spacecraft’s solar arrays showing moon in foreground and Earth beyond.)

Orion SM and Crew Module with Earth and moon

Temperature on re-entry: 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit

simulation of re-entry
NASA simulation (NASA)


Speed at re-entry: 25,000 mph slowed to 19 mph at splashdown with 11 parachutes and drogues

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slightly after splashdown

Recovery of Orion crew module:  heading to USS Portland well deck

orion on cable being towed into well deck of ship


helium filled bags atop Orion crew module in water

Dec. 13: Landing in San Diego and then to Kennedy Space Center