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NASA's Orion spacecraft has left its distant lunar orbit and is
on its return journey back to Earth, according to NASA, trend reports citing xinhua .
Orion conducted an engine burn on Thursday to propel the
spacecraft out of its distant lunar orbit.
The burn is one of two maneuvers required ahead of Orion's
splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 11, according to NASA.
The second will occur on Dec. 5, when the spacecraft will fly
126.7 kilometers (79.2 miles) above the lunar surface and perform
the return powered flyby burn, which will commit Orion on its
course toward Earth.
Orion was launched onboard NASA's Space Launch System rocket on
Nov. 16 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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