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This photograph shows Orion in the foreground on flight day 13 of the Artemis 1 mission, Nov. 28, 2022. Earth and the Moon can be seen in the background. On that day, Orion reached its maximum distance from Earth during the Artemis I mission when it was 268,563 miles away from our home planet. Orion has now traveled farther than any other spacecraft built for humans.



Grade Levels

Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12


Mathematics, Space Science, Technology, Measurement and Data Analysis, Solar System and Planets, Eclipses, Earth's Moon, Models


Lesson Plans / Activities

In this activity, students calculate the distance between scale models of Earth and the moon.
Distance to the Moon Activity [117KB PDF file]
This activity is part of the Exploring the Moon Educator Guide.